midweek musings

Come to the Table

Mahatma Gandhi is one of the most respected leaders of modern history. When I taught any number of social studies classes or classes in World Religion, I often showed the masterful film in which Ben Kingsley portrays the great man. We stopped often—almost scene by scene—to let students ask questions or explain things they otherwise would have missed. Inevitably this led to discussions about faith and what faith required from its observers. Gandhi was a Hindu; nevertheless, he admired Jesus and often quoted from the Sermon on the Mount. Once when the missionary E. Stanley Jones met with Gandhi, he asked him, “Mr. Gandhi, though you quote the words of Christ often, why is that you appear to so

The Great Commission

Matthew 28:16-20 New International Version (NIV) The Great Commission Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” The Light of the World A woman who had taken time to contemplate Holman Hunt’s magnificent picture, “The Light of the World,” told some fr

A Story worth Sharing

Our school has an amazing media specialist (the term media specialist is a fancy term for what most of us called a librarian when we were growing up). She does an amazing job with our students and her expertise in running the media center is only outmatched by her self-sacrificing love for the students she serves. She greets each child with warmth and kindness and a smile. I love watching her work and interact with the kids. Our school is fortunate to have her. The way the media center (library) is set up I can sneak in a side door and watch her teaching lessons and reading stories to groups of students. Neither she nor the kids can see me, but I can hear every word. She is a really good sto

Risk Taking

2nd Kings 7:3-9 Now there were four men with leprosy at the entrance of the city gate. They said to each other, “Why stay here until we die? If we say, ‘We’ll go into the city’—the famine is there, and we will die. And if we stay here, we will die. So, let’s go over to the camp of the Arameans and surrender. If they spare us, we live; if they kill us, then we die.” At dusk they got up and went to the camp of the Arameans. When they reached the edge of the camp, no one was there, for the Lord had caused the Arameans to hear the sound of chariots and horses and a great army, so that they said to one another, “Look, the king of Israel has hired the Hittite and Egyptian kings to attack us!” So


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