ISSL Reflections March 3 2024 Jude 17–25 Post 1

I.In this week’s Scripture, we are offered a contrast between “worldly people” and the “beloved.” Read the passage paying attention to what you are told of the “worldly people.” Reread the passage and take note of what you learn about … Continue reading

ISSL Reflections November 26 2023 1 Corinthians 10:23–11:1 Post 1

I.How free is the religious person? Some folk think to be religious is to lose freedom. Others may think, to be religious is to find greater freedom. This week let’s consider the perspective Paul brings to the discussion. II.1 Corinthians … Continue reading

ISSL Reflections November 19 2023 Colossians 2:16–23 Post 3

VII.Today as we reread this passage, let this be our guide through the passage, “… holding fast to the head.” VIII.Colossians 2:16-23 (NRSVue) Therefore, do not let anyone condemn you in matters of food or drink or of observing festivals, … Continue reading

ISSL Reflections September 24 2023 John 8:1–11, 56–59 Post 2

IV.In the first post we considered the situation of the woman accused of adultery and brought to Jesus by the scribes and Pharisees. Today let’s consider the second paragraph in this week’s reading and what brings some of the crowd … Continue reading

ISSL Reflections September 3, 2023 Luke 11:37–44 Post 3

VII.With this week’s Scripture we have begun a focus on “God’s Law Is Love: Love Completes, Law Falls Short.” As we spend time with this Scripture and notice how it speaks of love and law. VIII.Luke 11:37-44 (NRSVue) While he … Continue reading

ISSL Reflections August 27 2023 1 Corinthians 15:20–28 Post 3

VII.We could make a list of the “facts” Paul calls to the attention of the Christians in Corinth. Well, maybe that would be a good way for us to begin today. What does Paul’s list of “facts” look like? What … Continue reading

ISSL Reflections July 30 2023 Matthew 13:44–52 Post 3

VII.If you had been with Jesus’ listeners that day, how would you have answered his question, “Have you understood all this?” With the “Yes” of the listeners or maybe with the silence of not knowing how to answer or maybe … Continue reading

ISSL Reflections April 30 2023 Acts 1:1–11 Post 1

I.This week’s focus Scripture and the Scriptures for the following four weeks will all highlight passages in the New Testament book, “The Acts of the Apostles.” We start this week with a reference to the first book written for Theophilus … Continue reading

ISSL Reflections April 23 2023 John 21:15–19 Post 1

I.After a filling breakfast of fried fish and bread Peter and Jesus have a conversation. You might want to contrast this conversation with the earlier conversation Jesus has with Peter as presented in Matthew 4:18-22. II.John 21:15-19 (NRSVue) When they … Continue reading