Monthly Archives: January 2019

“Today This Scripture Has Been Fulfilled…”

Donald R. Elly, M. Div. Jesus, Luke reports, declares directly what God wants him to do.Empowered by the Spirit Jesus finds God’s purpose for him described in the words of Isaiah, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has … Continue reading

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This is the Day…

Donald R. Elly, M. Div. Jesus, for Luke, is the power of the Holy Spirit invading human life, making ordinary people the revelation of God. It begins unexpectedly with Mary, a young unwed teenager, and continues with Elizabeth, a  woman considered too old to … Continue reading

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NOW is the Time

Donald R. Elly, M. Div. John’s Good News is different from that of his colleagues, Matthew, Mark and Luke.  Where each of them (often copying each other and using material uniquely their own) present the story of Jesus’ ministry, it’s impact on people and … Continue reading

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Expectations Fulfilled

Donald R. Elly, M.Div. Luke described John the Baptist as a prophet arousing excitement and created expectations by “proclaiming a baptism of repentance for forgiveness of sins.”  John’s baptism communicated forgiveness of sin. It offered membership in a community that looked forward to … Continue reading

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Love Let Loose (to Light the World)

Donald R. Elly, M. Div. Megan McKenna, outstanding storyteller and interpreter of scripture, caught my attention when she summarized the meaning of Epiphany in these words. “Advent (light far off), Christmas (light that interrupts and explodes into night’s darkest hour) … Continue reading

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Looking for Jesus

Donald R. Elly, M. Div. “Looking for Jesus” is how  the Message describes the search of Mary and Joseph, the parents who have lost track of their son Jesus. They had traveled to Jerusalem. Now, we could judge Mary and Joseph for this failure, and … Continue reading

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