Monthly Archives: July 2012

Four Questions and an Answer by Rev. Don Elly, M.Div.

One definition of being human is that we, whom the Creator has made to just a bit lower than the angels, are questioning animals. Questions1 are the lawyer’s tool for uncovering the truth. In the hands of those with power … Continue reading

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ENOUGH by Rev. Don Elly, M.Div.

How much is enough?  Feeding 5000 plus people raises this question.  John’s Gospel contrasts Phillip and Andrew’s response to Jesus’ question, “Where do we find food for so many?”  For Phillip no money means no food.  “They are not our … Continue reading

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Compassion’s Root, Rest! by Rev. Don Elly, M.Div. (July 22, 2012)

Can one get worn out doing good, being the center of the Kingdom of God breaking in?  Mark, in the glimpses we are given of the Apostles reporting in on their success, finds Jesus concerned for the weariness that ministry … Continue reading

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Thrown Out But Not Abandoned by Donald R. Elly, M.DIV. (Feb 26, 2012)

“And the Spirit immediately threw (Jesus) into the wilderness,” reads Mark 1: 12. Not only did the same dove-like spirit hovering over Jesus’ baptism do this, but it was done immediately with no time to celebrate his “Beloved,” “Favored One” … Continue reading

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Faking It! by Donald R. Elly, M.DIV. (Feb 22, 2012)

Ash Wednesday is, for most, a somber doorway. Short enough duration that the promises made are firm as most New Year’s resolutions, fragile, fading as resolve weakens. Giving up nothing, we are not changed. We choose what is easily resumed. … Continue reading

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God’s PowerPoint! by Donald R. Elly, M.DIV. (Feb 19, 2012)

Technology describes theophany, Jesus becomes God’s PowerPoint, answer the question, “When will the Kingdom of God come with power?” Peter, James and John–these three–representing you and me and the earliest Christian witnesses, see Jesus in conversation with Elijah, the Prophet, … Continue reading

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I Do Choose! by Donald R. Elly, M. DIV (Feb 12, 2012)

It was desparate plea, at the same time a bold demand. “If you choose, you can make me clean.” So direct, such faith. This leper saw hope, called out for it. Would it be heard, ignored? As if to emphasize … Continue reading

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