Plucked from the Blaze

Plucked from the Blaze

Plucked from the Blaze Story Lectionary 4 March 2018 The Third Sunday of Jesus’ Lenten Journey Joseph’s Coat of Many Colors (Genesis 37) The Order of Priestly Dress –Blue, and Purple, and Fine Linen (Exodus 28 and 39) The Colors of the Tabernacle Linen Veil (Exodus...

Artists and Their Thoughts –Jean Sibelius

If we understood the world, we would realise that there is a logic of harmony underlying its manifold apparent dissonances. — Jean Sibelius   Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) is the patron saint of Finnish music, the composer who, more than any other, has described for...
The Carpenter’s Square

The Carpenter’s Square

The Carpenter’s Square Lectionary 4 March 2018 3rd Sunday in Lent Exodus 20:1-17 Psalm 19 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 John 2:13-22 Text to Life We want to be known by symbols of strength, goodness, even greatness. Soldiers proudly wear uniforms flashing medals showing...
Braving the Wilderness

Braving the Wilderness

Braving the Wilderness (2017) Brené Brown ISBN:9780812995848 (hardback) –Review by Douglas Balzer Any book title with the two keywords brave and wilderness in it grab my attention. Adventure and the wildness of the outdoors resonate with my soul. Now, knowing...

Gripping the Heart –Preaching Tip for 4 March 2018

Many preachers are used to appealing to the mind, to reason, or persuasion by argument or points. But these are forgotten as soon as the mind goes onto the next “good” thing. But stories that grip the heart –those are never forgotten. Remember this...