Monthly Archives: May 2017

When Jesus Prays

Donald R. Elly, M.Div.  The entire 17th Chapter of John’s Gospel is often entitled “Jesus’ priestly prayer.” The context of the prayer and its content create dissonance. The elephant in the room, as we say, is that this is the … Continue reading

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Small but Mighty Words

Donald R. Elly, M. Div. The Gospel of John places a premium on words. Jesus is not only “the Word (God’s) made flesh in 1:14, but here in his last dinner conversation, Jesus’ words provide challenge, comfort and direction for … Continue reading

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Where is Home?

“Home is where the heart is!” This ancient proverb, attributed to Pliny, the Elder (AD 23-79) immediately comes to mind when I read Jesus’ words in John 14. Why? The proverb and Jesus’ words have in common a reassurance that … Continue reading

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Pursued by Goodness…

Donald R. Elly, M. Div. One summer when I served as the permanent part time pastor of the Fort Des Moines Presbyterian Church we did a survey of the favorite psalms and then committed ourselves to study 6 or 7 … Continue reading

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