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Three items that caught my eye today to pass along this midweek:

1. Jesus – One of the top current nonfiction bestsellers is called Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan.  As the title suggests, it is one scholar’s effort to detail the historical setting in which Jesus lived – Roman occupied Palestine in the first century.  As the title also suggests, the author believes Jesus to best be characterized as a zealot, a political subversive.  This is not a new claim, but the book is generating a lot of interest.  Reza Aslan is a...

For the last number of years Abbie and I have become more involved in growing, harvesting, and preserving our own food – or food that family or friends have grown. We had chickens in our backyard in Cincinnati that through some miracle consistently turned our food scraps we would feed them into delicious eggs. But when we put our Cincinnati house on the market we hid our coop in a neighboring garage and planted grass seed over our garden. Didn’t want to scare off any potential buyers.

This year has been one long transition, and we’re on the home stretch. We’re doing work on the...

There’s been a lot of focus on breath this week at church.  Vacation Bible School is in full swing with the theme, “Breathe in, God gives life.”  We’ve talked about how the Hebrew word for breathruakh – is the same word translated Spirit and wind.  Scriptures so far have included the breath of life in Genesis 2 in God’s humorous, and profound, formula for making a person (Dirt + Breath = Human).  We’ve talked about Ezekiel 37, the valley of dry bones, and the impossible hope of breath giving life where there was no life.  Yesterday we looked at the disciples...

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