Following the Shepherd King

The image of the Jesus as the Good Shepherd has captured the Christian imagination since the very beginning.  In many of the paintings or frescoes that I’ve seen, the artist has rendered Jesus of Nazareth—Jesus before his death and resurrection—as the Good Shepherd. But we do not know Jesus merely as that dynamic teacher and…

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Inspired Living (Part Three)

Breathing on Our Own Apparently Adam began to think of his dependence upon God as constraining.  He began to think of himself as a patient on a ventilator.  He would only have a rich and full life once he got himself off the ventilator and breathed on his own. And so he ate the forbidden…

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Inspired Living (Part Two)

Breath and Spirit Let’s review the story.  On the day of the resurrection, the risen Jesus appeared to ten of the disciples.  (Judas had already hanged himself and Thomas was somewhere else.) He showed them his hands and his side, and then breathed on them and said,  “Receive the Holy Spirit.”  In other words, he…

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Inspired Living (Part One)

When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”  (John 20:22) Looking for InspirationWriters and artists and composers talk about inspiration.  They mean a range of things by that word, but it’s a safe bet to assume that they have in mind a kind of spark or…

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It’s Personal

When Mary Magdalene got to the tomb, and saw that someone had rolled the great stone away, her stomach churned and her heart lodged in her throat.  She was stricken by the thought that grave robbers had stolen Jesus’ corpse.  Resurrection was the last thing on her mind. Eventually, Jesus himself appeared to her, but…

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