ISSL Reflections May 29 2022 Galatians 5:16–26 Post 1

I.“Live by the Spirit …” so counsels the former Pharisee, Paul. Do you hear this as an invitation or command? Let’s begin our hearing of this passage by paying close attention to the contrasts Paul sets up for us. II.Galatians … Continue reading

ISSL Reflections April 24 2022 John 8:31–38 Post 2

V.Staying with the notion of freedom, notice, “… everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin…. The slave does not have a permanent place in the household …” VI.John 8:31-38 (New Revised Standard Version) Then Jesus said to the … Continue reading

ISSL Reflections April 10 2022 Matthew 26:17–30 Post 2

IV.I’d like to pick up today something in my closing remark in the last post – “ … Jesus’ remark’s about ‘body’ and ‘blood’ and ‘forgiveness’ and sharing with them in the ‘kingdom.”” Think about what Jesus “shares” with those … Continue reading

ISSL Reflections April 3 2022 Matthew 21:1–11 Post 3

VIII.Let’s return to our reading from Matthew. Read it again while also holding in your mind the images of Pilate’s entry into Jerusalem we read in the previous post. IX.Matthew 21:1-11 (New Revised Standard Version) When they had come near … Continue reading

ISSL Reflections November 14 2021 Revelation 11:15–19 Post 3

VIII.As you read this week’s Scripture once again, see if you notice those echoes I mentioned the other day.  Echoes of themes we find in other places in the Scriptural narrative. If none come to mind, you could check in … Continue reading