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Easter Sunday-When Words Fall Short

When Words Fall Short READ JOHN 20:1-18 Together as a Christian community, we have come to the end of our solemn preparations for Easter, much like Mary’s sorrow ended when she saw Jesus by the empty tomb. Perhaps one thing we’ve noticed this season, especially if we’ve been reading these Words Matter reflections, is how…

Palm Sunday-Historical and Cultural Contexts of Words

Historical and Cultural Contexts of Words READ MATTHEW 21:1-11 Matthew, like all the evangelists, has a particular audience in mind as he writes his Gospel. It is generally agreed that Matthew is writing to the Jewish-Christian audience, some of the first Jews to recognize Jesus as the Messiah. His readers, then, would have been familiar…

4th Sunday in Lent-Darkness and Light

Darkness and Light READ EPHESIANS 5:8-14 In this pericope, Paul is stating that Christians have to undergo a dramatic transformation of the self by moving from darkness (sin) into light (salvation). Light and dark imagery connotes divergent meanings associated with the two words. In other words, darkness is seen as the antithesis of light, with…

2nd Sunday in Lent-Words of the Law and Words Set Free

Words of the Law and Words Set Free READ ISAIAH 4:1-5, 13-17 My God-daughter took the ACT college prep test this past weekend, and her prompt question for the essay was: “Should students have to follow school rules when they are not on school property?” When asked what she wrote she replied, “The first thing…

Go: Advent Devotion Week 4

ADVENT & CHRISTMAS DEVOTION – WEEK 4 BY JILL DUFFIELD, PRESBYTERIAN OUTLOOK EDITOR Mary goes to visit Elizabeth soon after Gabriel’s trip to earth. Mary and Joseph go to be registered. The shepherds will go and see this thing the angels announce. The holy family travels to Jerusalem to present the baby at the temple.…

Testify: Advent Devotion Week 3

ADVENT DEVOTION – WEEK 3 | DECEMBER 17-23, 2017 BY JILL DUFFIELD, PRESBYTERIAN OUTLOOK EDITOR Can I get a witness? John the Baptist testifies to Jesus’ identity as the Messiah. John points to Jesus and away from himself. John knows enough to understand his role and status in comparison to Jesus Christ. That is our…

Prepare: Advent Devotion Week 2

ADVENT DEVOTION – WEEK 2 | DECEMBER 10-16, 2017 BY JILL DUFFIELD, PRESBYTERIAN OUTLOOK EDITOR Preparation this time of year brings to mind all manner of activities: cooking, cleaning, decorating, gift shopping, present wrapping, card writing. Annual parties that require getting dressed up, bringing food, recalling co-worker’s spouse’s names. Advent gets little airtime in our…

Awake Advent Devotion Week 1

ADVENT DEVOTION – WEEK 1 | DECEMBER 3-9, 2017 BY JILL DUFFIELD, PRESBYTERIAN OUTLOOK EDITOR As the days grow shorter and darkness urges us to sleep, the gospel urgently shakes us and whispers in our ear, “Awake!” No gentle prodding or permission to roll over and hunker down for just five more minutes, but instead…