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Month: July 2015

What Bugs You About This Story? -Part 4

We have talked about all the frustrating and strange and interesting facets of Mark 6:44-52 for a while now and it is fascinating that the thing that bugs most people more than anything is the very last verse – And they were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure, and marveled. 52 For they had not understood about the loaves, because their heart was hardened.” The scary part for a lot of folks who wrote to me can be summarized in one sentence – “I can’t understand why God hardens peoples hearts?” Well first of all the text doesn’t say that. It says that their  hearts were hardened – it doesn’t say that God did it. There are places in the Bible where it is explicit that God hardens hearts but not here.  The disciples hardness here it seems to me goes all through Mark.  Here is God in the flesh, the disciples seem to believe, and yet he does not want to do what they want and vice versa.  They did not understand about the loaves because they wanted to stay on that piece of land and like the others wanted their God to be a bread King.  All the way along, especially when Jesus reveals that the way to salvation is the way through suffering and death they get frustrated because that is not the kind god they want. ...

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What Bugs You About This Story? -Part 3

Mark 6 47 Later that night, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land. 48 He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. Shortly before dawn he went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them, 49 but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, 50 because they all saw him and were terrified. Immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 51 Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed……….. The word for amazed can mean “beside themselves” as in the reaction of Jesus family that He was “beside himself” and needed to be taken away.  It is a kind of insanity.  The disciples were temporarily insane, stupefied etc. Why?  They should have understood who Jesus was and they didn’t.  They were still technically unbelievers.  Rev. Kurt Hering wrote this………………………. Unbelief simply can’t get past the fear of the here and now of the belly, of the imagination, of the desires of the heart. That was the disciples problem—fear. They were amazed at Jesus as one would be at a magician. Magicians are scary—until you figure out their magic. But the disciples couldn’t figure out the magic like...

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Dream a Little Dream

Powered by Cincopa Video Hosting. All the talk about the Dorsey’s made me remember that I had the opportunity to sing at Peanut Hucko’s place in Denver.  He was one of the old Big Band guys.  There was a group that played the Dorseys rendition of “Dream a Little Dream ” .  They didn’t write it but it was from 1932.  Written by a trio, with music by Fabian Andre and Wilbur Schwandt and lyrics by Gus Kahn.  Here is my crack at it.   Share this on:...

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What You Can Learn From The Hymnal

    I tell folks all the time you can learn a lot by reading your Hymnal – I got this on my email – AFTER READING THIS, I THINK YOU WILL BE SURPRISED AT WHAT YOU LEARNED.  I SURE DID NOT KNOW THIS.  GUESS YOU DO LEARN SOMETHING NEW EACH DAY. THE BIRTH OF THE HYMN “PRECIOUS LORD” Back in 1932, I was a fairly new husband. My wife, Nettie and I were living in a little apartment on Chicago’s south side. One hot August afternoon I had to go to St. Louis where I was to be the featured soloist at a large revival meeting. I didn’t want to go; Nettie was in the last month of pregnancy with our first child, but a lot of people were expecting me in St. Louis. I kissed Nettie goodbye, clattered downstairs to our Model A, and, in a fresh Lake Michigan breeze, chugged out of Chicago on Route 66. However, outside the city, I discovered that in my anxiety at leaving, I had forgotten my music case I wheeled around and headed back. I found Nettie sleeping peacefully. I hesitated by her bed; something was strongly telling me to stay; but eager to get on my way, and not wanting to disturb Nettie, I shrugged off the feeling and quietly slipped out of the room with my music. The...

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