March 7, 2021, Lectionary

Some ways to contemplate the Ten Commandments: As promises ("You won't . . ."). As descriptions of our home, where we're going. As a list of our deepest desires. As nine being descriptions and developments of the first. As the tenth finally showing where evil starts. Exodus 20:1-17

You revive our souls, O Lord; you make the simple wise. You rejoice our hearts, you enlighten our eyes. All this you do by your words; let our words align with yours, O Lord. Psalm 19

The Jews wanted a sign. The Greeks wanted wisdom. The 21st century person wants money and power. We preach Christ crucified, which is foolishness to many. 1 Corinthians 1:18-25

When asked for a sign to back his authority, Jesus cited his death and resurrection. Two thousand years later, Jesus' death and resurrection are still a potent sign and worthy of all contemplation and conversation. John 2:13-22

Thoughts about Listening

We treat differently the laws of nature and the laws of the land. Descriptive vs. Prescriptive. "Is" vs. "Ought." Reliability vs. Choice. Exodus 20:1-17

I often ponder what is it that makes me respond to something as beautiful. Is it in the music or in me? Is it in the poetry or in the poet? Is it in the art or in the eye? If it's in all of these, what is it? Psalm 19

Let us try for civility in discourse. Civil, civic discourse was the founders' foundation for our nation. 1 Corinthians 1:18-25

I ask myself, How quick am I to believe something? Am I gullible or am I cynical? Have I established sources whom I always believe? By what means and for what reasons have I accepted those sources as credible? Good to think about my mental processes. John 2:13-22