Tag Archives: Pilate

September 19 – Risking Your Reputation

John 19:16-42; 2 Chronicles 30; Psalm 86 Every once in a while I remind my wife of why she prefers to shop alone. We use cash for most purchases, especially at the grocery store. When we get a checker we … Continue reading

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September 18 – Unwinnable Arguments

John 18:38-19:16; 2 Chronicles 29; Psalm 85 You’ve probably heard the story of the guy who saw someone hitting their head against a brick wall and ran over to stop him from doing that. After he stopped the guy, he … Continue reading

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September 17 – Truth

John 18:19-38; 2 Chronicles 27-28; Psalm 84 There is an old saying that if a society values philosophers because philosophy is an exalted profession, and looks down on plumbers because plumbing is a plebian profession, the society will soon go … Continue reading

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July 9 – Pardon Me

Mark 15:1-20; 1 Kings 10; Hosea 11:12-12:14 One of the “perks” of being president is the ability to issue pardons to people convicted of crimes, or, even, those who MAY have committed a crime. President Ford pardoned former President Nixon … Continue reading

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April 14 – Acting on Fear or in Faith?

Acts 4:23-37; Deuteronomy 21-22; Job 14 In 1988, Barry Gibbs heard the declaration that he was guilty of murder and would be sentenced to 22 years in prison. While he didn’t match the witness’s description, that same witness picked him … Continue reading

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April 7 – Keep On Loving

Matthew 27:32-66; Deuteronomy 7-8; Job 7 People don’t change their minds easily. Research shows that it is much easier to use information to reinforce a belief that is held, no matter how tenuous that belief might be, than it is … Continue reading

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April 6 – Shifting Blame

Matthew 27:1-31; Deuteronomy 5-6; Job 6 No matter who wins an election, it won’t take long for people who voted for the losing candidate to sport shirts saying, “Don’t blame me, I voted for <insert name of losing candidate here>.” … Continue reading

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April 5 – Silence is Golden

Matthew 26:47-75; Deuteronomy 3-4; Job 5 As a teacher, I had to deal with kids who did dumb things. If I had an idea which kid threw a pencil across the room, I would look at my suspect and say … Continue reading

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February 20 – Truth

Matthew 2; Exodus 22:1-23:33; Proverbs 10 The fight to gain equal rights for all Americans was vicious in the 1950’s. Troops were called out to enforce laws that required segregation and to enforce laws that required desegregation. Emotions ran high … Continue reading

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February 1 – Following the Mob

Luke 23:1-25; Genesis 41; Psalm 32 One of the most horrific episodes in American history is what happened to people who were black in the south after the Civil War. They began to prosper in many different ways, and that … Continue reading

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