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Looking for the Living

Donald R.  Elly, M. Div. “Why do you look for the living among the dead?  ( Jesus) He is not here, but has risen…”  With these words the women’s world is turned upside down and so is ours.  I believe the women, as they … Continue reading

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“Jesus’ Values Revealed”

Donald R. Elly, M. Div.  Emmy Kegler, a Lutheran Pastor and the author of One Coin Found (2019) used one word to describe Holy Week (and its beginning with Palm Sunday). Disruption.  “…Holy Week came as disruption.  I relished the shouts … Continue reading

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Service as a Sacrament

Donald R. Elly, M. Div. This reflection is on Mary’s service to Jesus as she anoints his feet and dries them with her hair.  It is dedicated to every ordinary member of the congregation who week in and week out provide “a sacrament of service”.   A sacrament is “a visible sign … Continue reading

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What Gives God Joy

Donald R. Elly, M.Div.  The Parable known as “the Prodigal Son” was interpreted in several ways as I was growing up:  One stated that Jesus wants us to avoid becoming Prodigal sons (and daughters) who rebel, leave home and end up   penniless … Continue reading

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Two No’s and a Yes!

Donald R. Elly, M. Div. Repentance has up to now been almost an obligation to have a meaningful Lent, just as Ash Wednesday starts with acknowledging our mortality and failure to live as God desires.  It is symbolized with ashes.   Repentance has … Continue reading

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Updating Who Jesus Is!

Donald R. Elly, M. Div.  Marcus Borg wrote Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time (2005) after being asked by his Sunday School class to share what he had learned as a professor meeting Jesus again. Gone was the soft and gentle savior.  As a … Continue reading

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Through the Wilderness of Choice

Donald R. Elly, M.Div. Wilderness in the Bible is more than a beautiful stroll for a day, or camping for a week in a beautiful setting, surrounded by all the comforts of home–i.e, TV, stove and microwave.  In the Bible “Wilderness” … Continue reading

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