Monthly Archives: January 2017

Keep Salting! Keep Shining!

Donald R. Elly, M. Div. Disciples challenged to become salt and light changing the world has always been my way of understanding Jesus’ words in Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount. However, Fred Craddock in his commentary gave me a new … Continue reading

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“Blessed Are…

Donald R. Elly, M. Div. Who is for you the most blessed person you know? What makes them, in your opinion, a “blessed” person? This is a question that kept popping up for me as I read through the beginning … Continue reading

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Believing in the Incarnation 

Donald R. Elly, M. Div. At the heart of John’s Gospel is a deep belief or trust in the incarnation. In the 14th verse we read, “… the Word became flesh and lived among us and we have seen his … Continue reading

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Faith’ Tipping Point

Donald R. Elly, M. Div. “The Tipping point is that…moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold , tips and spreads like wildfire. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu.” Malcom … Continue reading

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Affirmed

​​​​​​​​Donald R. Elly, M. Div. “As soon as Jesus was baptized he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And … Continue reading

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Between Promise and Fulfillment 

Donald R. Elly, M. Div. Eric Barreto in his commentary on Matthew 2:13-23 describes Joseph, the step-father of Jesus, being guided by God in a dream, taking the baby Jesus and his mother to Egypt to escape Herod’s rage. Responding … Continue reading

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Isaiah’s Christmas Vision

Donald R. Elly, M.Div. Reflecting on the prophet Isaiah’s words, the Holy Spirit helped me to envision a challenge for us today. Isaiah 62:6-12 is a message for people weary of oppression and violence resulting from war and captivity. Christmas … Continue reading

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