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She Moves Us

“Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, ‘Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God.’ Nicodemus has impressive credentials. He is a leader in the community, a Pharisee, a respected intellectual and theologian. He speaks with authority. He speaks on behalf of others. He speaks using the “royal we”: “We know that you are a teacher who has come from God.” That has an air of certainty about it, doesn’t it? Why shouldn’t it? Nicodemus and his people have done their homework. They’ve been watching Jesus. They’ve seen the signs, they’ve seen the acts of power that Jesus has been doing. And so now Nicodemu

The Pursuit of Happiness

Do you want to be happy? I’m guessing that you do. The pursuit of happiness is right at the top of most people’s priorities in life. There are masses of self-improvement books, and a whole field of scientific research dedicated to the study of happiness. Not a day goes by that I don’t have something on my social media feed giving me advice about what it takes be happy. But the quest for happiness is nothing new. People have been doing it for millennia. The psalms are one of the oldest collections of writing in the world, going back almost three thousand years. And the psalm that is placed right at the start of that collection is the one that we read this morning. It begins with the qu

Start here!

“Love one another as I have loved you.” Starting to sound familiar? It should! We’ve been swirling around this teaching of Jesus for over a month now. We started hearing it on Maundy Thursday, at the Last Supper. We talked about it again the next day, on Good Friday. We had it two weeks ago, in the story of the Good Shepherd. We had it again last Sunday with the image of the vine. It should be starting to sound familiar. And that’s good. There’s a reason we keep coming back to it, and that’s because these words of Jesus, this new commandment, is the very core of our Christian faith. If someone ever asks you what Christianity is all about, start here: “Love one another as I have lo

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