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Catherine Taylor

Pentecost: A Promise Across Time

The Pentecost of Acts 2 is a packed event that looks back on its past, clearly begins a new spiritual community, and focuses forward to the future, indeed to the end of time.

Deep Truths: The Marks of a Steward

This week I am going to write about the marks of stewards and stewardship, not in terms of tangible objects or possessions but in terms of the more important tasks, about which the possessions are only lesson books. There are many extraordinary examples of God’s stewards in the Bible. They have included those who are old, young, female, male, Hebrew, Canaanite, Roman, rulers, servants, and commonplace hosts.

Jesus in the Last Sermon...

Drawn by the sound of a violent wind, God-fearing Jews from Cappadocia, Pontus, and the Roman province of Asia stood in a multinational crowd and heard a message from Galileans in their own languages. Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?” (Acts 2:12). At the end of weeks that included a shameful denial, a death, a resurrection, a restoration, and now the flames of the Holy Spirit, Peter stood up and introduced listeners to Jesus of Nazareth as the Messiah.

On Becoming a Pebble: The Name God Gave Simon

As far as I can tell, it happened only six times in the Bible. For God to personally name a mortal is a rare and significant event. In the Hebrew culture, names of children were usually indicative of either the time in history when they were born or wishes for the development of their character. Later, the use of family names became more common. When God chose to give a particular name to someone, it seems to have been a response to a specific event or issue in his life as well as an object lesson for the rest of us.

To Be a Blessing: Lessons on Justice and Mercy from the Old Testament

One sentence flows across a black granite wall in Montgomery, Alabama: We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream. Paraphrased from the book of Amos, this statement, engraved on a Civil Rights monument, crosses millennia to underscore unchanging lessons for humanity.

“Oh, a la gracia, qué grandes deudores somos”

(Traducido por Carlos Enrique Espinosa)



Ven Tú, Fuente de toda bendición,
sintoniza mi corazón para cantar tu alabanza.
Incesantes corrientes de misericordia
convocan cantos de la alabanza más fuerte.

Oh to grace how great a debtor

1You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. 2I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? 3Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?]4Have you experienced]so much in vain—if it really was in vain?

No se trata de lo que haces, sino de la relación que aceptas

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Mientras escribo, un agujero en el fondo del Golfo de México está vertiendo millones de litros de petróleo, que amenazan con destruir los animales, el sustento y la ecología de al menos cuatro estados de los EE.UU. La destrucción está más allá de mi imaginación más fértil. Las escenas de sufrimiento rompen mi corazón. Sin embargo, mientras estas viñetas de Louisiana corren a través de mi mente, pienso que este desastre empalidece en comparación con la devastación causada en el Jardín del Edén.

It’s not about what you do; it’s about the relationship you accept.

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Even as I type, a blasted hole in the floor of the Gulf of Mexico is pouring out millions of gallons of oil, threatening to destroy the animals, livelihood, and ecology of at least four U.S. states. The destruction is beyond my rather fertile imagination. The scenes of the suffering break my heart. However, even as vignettes from Louisiana pour through my mind, I am reminded that this disaster pales in comparison to the devastation wreaked in the Garden of Eden.

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