Pharisees

Pharisees

Have you ever heard someone’s speech described as pontificating? If so, they are being accused of expressing their views in a ‘pompous and dogmatic’ way! It’s a rather strange word and I am always interested to know where these words originate. Pontificate comes from the latin words- Pontifex – Pont – bridge and fex (from ‘facere’) – make. So, in effect, it means to make a bridge between two isolated or separate things or...

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The Tenth Commandment : Don’t covet

The Tenth Commandment : Don’t covet

You shall not covet. (Exodus 20:17) I remember, as an adolescent, struggling with this commandement. The other nine focus on actions – things we should or shouldn’t do – but the tenth commandment targets our thoughts and desires. I thought this was surely unreasonable. After all, sometimes random thoughts and desires just seem to come unbidden to the mind and, as long as I didn’t act on anything unsavoury or unkind, what...

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The verse of the day

The verse of the day

I sat at the gate, sipping a coffee as I waited to board the plane for my 6:20 a.m. flight. Despite the early hour, fellow travelers buzzed with conversations, excited, I am sure, for adventures ahead. I was excited, too. Ready for a break from work and looking forward to seeing my nephew and his family after too many years. One of the aspects of travel that I enjoy most is people watching. I love observing how people interact in families,...

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The Ninth Commandment : Don’t lie

The Ninth Commandment : Don’t lie

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour. (Exodus 20:16 ESV) How would you react if someone called you a liar? I expect most of us would take great offense. And yet, scholars note that ‘the thing that separates human beings from other animals isn’t the ability to reason or use tools, but rather it’s telling lies and human capacity for self-deception.’ In fact, they contend that ‘lying is a...

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One way…

One way…

My turn for writing seems to come around so quickly! I find, however, that there always seems to be pertinent things happening, giving me something to share with you all. I shouldn’t be surprised about that, should I? The life of God’s child will always hold something worthwhile to share with our brothers and sisters. This past week has been very busy in our retirement. When I was attending Trinity Lutheran Church in south Minneapolis (from age...

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