Mark 3:1-6, healing, hate and departure

... he entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand (Mark 3:1) And Jesus healed him.  And those around him conspired with secular powers to destroy him. Grace; met with insult by those around him.  Hate and death. Jesus departed with his disciples to the sea, and a great multitude …

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The time to honor

... while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. John 1 parallels the creation narrative.  In which the Word, through whom all things came into being, shines in the darkness. With winds sweeping; and then all this time later: Word, and things into being, and light. A dynamic God, at work, …

Oblivious

There stood at the foot of the cross, the women in Jesus' life. His mother's heart broke.  A pain incomprehensible. A soldier.  Oblivious. A mysterious Mary of Magdala.  And, two more women. ... The entire world, drawn onto the cross.  And crucified, with Jesus. No more.   "It is finished." ... A heart break, rumbling on. …

A welcome

I was encouraged on the weekend, to "welcome".  To think about how I was welcomed as a new Christian, and to welcome new Christians in the same way.  (This was the topic of the sermon at church.) "Welcome" connects directly into orthodox Christian theology.  We are welcomed into Jesus, and we welcome Jesus into us. …

Church practice

My thought of leading a church, is rather a strong heart for leading a church.  But this has been on hold, for me.  For whatever reason, I have not considered that I should - for the immediate future.  And this has been hard, because I am shaped to. I continue to "be" in this direction, …

On my plans

Also on my bookshelf (re: I organised my books last week), is Improvisation and the Theatre.  The American spelling being, theater. I have a history with theatre, and I may also write a small play in the next months, but which is another topic. The Netherlands In short, I am going to the Netherlands in response to a call, …