Monthly Archives: July 2017

The Surprise of the Unseen

Donald R. Elly, M. Div. The surprise of the unseen is always unexpected. The parables of the mustard seed are examples. First the smallest seed becomes a resting place for “the birds of the air” to nest, forming a community. … Continue reading

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The Kingdom of Heaven is…

Donald R. Elly, M. Div. When you hear someone say “Kingdom of Heaven”, what picture comes to mind? Growing up when someone said “Kingdom of Heaven", I immediately thought it was the reality we as disciples received as a reward … Continue reading

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Bushels of Abundance

Donald R. Elly, M.Div. “Bushels of Abundance” is how Talitha J. Arnold (1) describes the conclusion of the Parable of the Sower told by Jesus in Matthew. Her phrase stood out for me because the parable doesn’t start out with … Continue reading

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Just a Cup of Water

​Donald R. Elly, M.Div. Hospitality, “the quality or disposition of receiving and treating guests and strangers in a friendly generous way”. This is the dictionary definition for a practice rooted in both the Jewish and Christian communities. What immediately crossed … Continue reading

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