1st Sunday After Trinity – Church Back Home – May 29, 2016

MORE CONTROVERSY! Or, at least, some will think so. In the Epistle for today, we see John speaking about love. John was both a disciple and an apostle, and he was with Jesus when he ministered to all kinds of people, from the elite to the outcasts and even outsiders. We have no record of Jesus denying anything to anyone, not even the woman of Canaan, an outsider.

In light of that and what John says about love, it is obvious that love is not merely important, it is central to Christianity. This should be sufficient answer to those who try to claim that hate is a Christian value!


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Trinity Sunday – Church Back Home – May 22, 2016

Some excitement here! Nicodemus, high-up in the religious establishment of the time, visits Jesus by night. Jesus makes three revelations to him which are part of our lives to this day! The first two deal with what needs to happen to see the Kingdom of God, and then what needs to happen to enter the Kingdom of God. The third and final revelation deals with receiving what has been placed before you to learn.

Does this mean you are nearer than you thought? Or does it mean you have more to do?


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Pentecost – Church Back Home – May 15, 2016

POTENTIAL CONTROVERSY CONTINUES! One of the last things Jesus said to his followers: “If you love me, keep my commandments.” In other words, do what he taught. There is much to be said here because even if what he offered was a major simplification of the former rules, it was revolutionary. It also went beyond the bounds of most people’s imagination.

Can you imagine what can be ours if we actually master this?


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Sunday After Ascension – Church Back Home – May 8, 2016

MORE CONTROVERSY! In the tenth chapter of Matthew, Jesus said that he did not come to bring peace, but a sword. In today’s Gospel reading, he explains what he means. Jesus knew that following him would not be easy. It would come to the point that people would kill Jesus’ followers while thinking that they are serving God!

It does not take much of an effort to see how this might apply today.


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Rogation Sunday – Church Back Home – May 1, 2016

MORE CONTROVERSY! For all that some people talk about “God’s will”, you’d not expect Jesus to say “Ask and ye shall receive that your joy may be full”. We have to understand this in terms of common sense, of course, but we can also remember that God is indeed God, and He might know some things.

If the lack of something makes a void in your heart, wouldn’t God know that? And wouldn’t He want to do something about it?


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4th Sunday After Easter – Church Back Home – April 24, 2016

CONTROVERSY ALERT! This Gospel reading seems to be one of the most important and also most ignored in the Bible! Jesus says “I have yet many things to say to you, but ye cannot bear them now.” Does that mean that he has more to say, and what he has to say won’t be found in the Bible we own?

If so, then where do we get this additional learning that Jesus has for us? He gives us a clue to that, too!


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3rd Sunday After Easter – Church Back Home – April 17, 2016

The Epistle reading for today is one of the most mis-interpreted and mis-used in the entire Bible. It speaks of the importance of obeying secular authorities, such as kings and governors. Or, does it? Does it mean, as some would interpret it, that unjust laws are to be obeyed? Does it mean that people in Nazi occupied territories should have obeyed Hitler? Does it mean that people in the segregated South should have simply obeyed segregationist laws? I would hope not!

It does speak of the importance of fitting in to our communities, and not being people whose obstinacy and obnoxiousness keeps us from being part of society. At the time of the writing, the Christians were trying to become part of the society of the time.


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