Wednesday Wonderings

Wednesday Wonderings are the musings of Pastor Bryce Miller in the middle of the week about discipleship, church, and other points of interest.
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What do we do with all of life? June 28, 2017 - 8:44am

The Psalms are worship language that encompass all of life.  I found this conversation between Eugene Peterson, the author of the Message and Bono, lead singer for U2 (of all things) fascinating in the intersection between life, art, and how we talk to God.

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Because Jesus we have forgiveness May 24, 2017 - 11:17am

Image result for forgivenessForgiveness is a fact of life. People, broken as we are, will always tragress boundaries and cause pain of every variety to each other.  At a certain degree offering and seeking forgiveness is a fundamental social lubricant without which society would simply grind to a stop.

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Enough May 17, 2017 - 11:12am

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Resurrection Revealed April 11, 2017 - 10:33am

Image result for emmausWe hear Easter the same way year after year.  Early in the morning, the mourning women head to the tomb for the biggest suprise ever visited on human kind: Christ is arisen.   We forget where the day starts:  firmly held within the all too ordinary expectations of the grieving, terrified disciples.  Despite having spent the prior several years hearing Jesus' promises to be put to death and then rise again, they did not believe it.

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Walking the line April 5, 2017 - 9:57am

Everyone loves a parade.  It is just so quaint, homey and welcome.  Think small-town marching band struting down the street with old men in too small cars doing precsion driving in funny hats.  For we who have basically known only peaceful lives in stable regimes, it is all fun and games when a parade comes to town.

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Can these bones live? March 29, 2017 - 9:52am

The story is all too common.  A person of peace gets wound up in the world's violence with tragic results.  It happens all the time, mostly in a way which escapes notice of of the world with the exception of the near and dear. But it happens all the same, and we accept that.

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How we see March 22, 2017 - 10:17am

 

One of the most powerful questions in our lives is a deceptively simple one: how will that make us look.  We ask ourselves this question in myriad ways on an almost daily basis, and seldom does it have anything to do with how we actual appear to another person.  It is how we imagine we will be taken by our behaviour, attitudes, and responses.  Often it is a vision tainted by the worst possible imagination of ourselves possible.

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That for which we thirst March 15, 2017 - 10:11am Thirst is an insideous thing.  It sneaks up on you  in ways and by means we are not always aware of causing  us to sometimes be irrationally thristy. One thing that I learned living in a desert climate is the power of thrist.  Beyond the cartoon realities with which we are so often acquainted with about being thirsty in a dry place (think mirages, buzzards circling, and a hapless victim openning the canteen to find only sand), is the real and present danger of what happens when our water runs dry. view
practical, faithful February 22, 2017 - 11:09am

The things of faith often find ways to suprise us.  As often as we might wish for the clear and unfettered word from God on high insofar as it would seemingly simplify one's life, this is neight frequent, nor when it comes to that, a particularly pleasant experience.  There is a reason why people despair when they are met with  the angel of the Lord in all the Bible stories.  Seldom was the voice of God bringing particularly good news or easy instruction to those who would hear.

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Enemies: You got to love them. February 15, 2017 - 11:23am

Who are your enemies?

Of the cuff, I am not quite sure how to answer that.  Sure, we have people that we don't like in our world-- those people whose demeanor or opinions rub us the wrong way, or those people who are just opposed to us.  But are they enemies-- those who seek, or feel like they seek, to do us wrong and to bring us into disrepute?  It can be hard to come up with a list of who that might be, or if we are so unlucky to have someone readily to mind, harder still to know what "love" might look like.

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