Just Trying to Get Through: Jim O’Neill and Vietnam

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PART ONE: FACING THE DRAFT In the autumn of 1968, Jim O’Neill was finally in the place where he knew Continue Reading →

The Love Affair of a Lifetime

The voice of my beloved! Look, he comes, leaping upon the mountains, bounding over the hills. My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Look, there he stands behind our wall, gazing in at the windows, looking through the lattice. My beloved speaks and says to me: “Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away; for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. The fig tree puts forth its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. — Song of Solomon 2:8-13

” “Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.” A love poem, that’s what scripture offers us in this Continue Reading →

Not So Great Expectations

Jesus left that place and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. [All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth.Luke 4:22] They said, "Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?" And they took offense at him. Then Jesus said to them, "Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house." (Mark 6:1-4) When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage. They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff. But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way. (Luke 4: 28-30)

Why did Jesus so often receive such wild, enthusiastic acceptance and then suffer such angry, vehement rejection, frequently from the Continue Reading →