The Kingdom of Heaven is like…a mustard seed

“He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and […]

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The Kingdom of Heaven is like…a seed sower

Sometimes, the kingdom of God is like seeds.  But in Matthew 13:24-30, the kingdom of heaven is like a farmer who plants good seed (which answers my question from last Thursday about who is scattering these seeds) in his field, which is apparently […]

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The Kingdom of Heaven is like…scattered seeds

Matthew 13:18 begins the explanation of the parable of the sower (Matthew 13:1-8): “Whoever hears the words of the kingdom…”  The words of the kingdom, then, are the seeds scattered on the four types of ground in Matthew 13:1-8.  Before going any […]

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Readers, meet new series; new series, meet readers: The Kingdom of Heaven is like…

As I mentioned last week, I’m wanting to study the kingdom of God.  So I’ve been taking a closer look at the parables Jesus tells as reported in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 13.  In my wrestle to understand meaning in a violent […]

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A Note about Grace

My heart is heavy lately.  Cold clings to the air now, my fingers feel brittle as I type.  Friends are experiencing excruciating family loss, marital turmoil, relational division.  Life circumstances change and, even in the midst of blessings like marriage, children, new […]

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The Noonday Demon, Part 4

We’ve finally arrived at the end of my absurdly long review of The Noonday Demon.  Andrew Solomon’s chapter entitled Evolution was very interesting to me, irrespective of whether I disagreed with all of it or not (“agreement” was really not the point here), […]

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“The Noonday Demon,” Part 3

When Andrew Solomon writes that people “attribute their pain to external factors” (347), sometimes they’re right, poor or not.  I’m highly skeptical of this idea that the problem is always internal; claiming that changing the internal will change the external is usually […]

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“The Noonday Demon,” Part 2

Continuing with my thoughts on Andrew Solomon’s The Noonday Demon, he dismisses “chronic poisoning” too easily in the “Alternatives” chapter; it’s not just one’s house that may or may not harbor harmful off-gassing and poisons, we are pumping the air, soil, water, […]

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“The Noonday Demon” by Andrew Solomon, Part 1

Perhaps it was because I just happened to be in the middle of this book when Robin William’s died (and thus, there was much talk of “battling demons”) but I had some difficulty with this book, so my review is going to span four […]

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