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connie kennedy
australia via scotland
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It is no accident that when the apostle Paul was grappling with the eternal purpose of God for humanity, he chose the word "adoption" to describe it. The basic idea of adoption is to include. It means that one who... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2015 at CONNIKA
What the doctrine of the Trinity is telling us is that God is fundamentally a relational being. When we recite the Nicene Creed or the Apostle's Creed and affirm that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, we are... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2015 at CONNIKA
“To be commanded to love God at all, let alone in the wilderness, is like being commanded to be well when we are sick, to sing for joy when we are dying of thirst, to run when our legs are... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2015 at CONNIKA
What gives me hope, though, is that Jesus worked with whatever grain of faith a person might muster. He did, after all, honor the faith of everyone who asked, from the bold centurion to doubting Thomas to the distraught father... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at CONNIKA
Buechner takes for granted that a relationship between an invisible God and visible humans will always involve an element of doubt. Without somehow destroying me in the process, how could God reveal himself in a way that would leave no... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at CONNIKA
...C S Lewis gives further illustrations of times when trust pays off, even in conditions that seem to argue against it: In getting a dog out of a trap, in extracting a thorn from a child's finger, in teaching a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at CONNIKA
My roommate for two years at a Christian college was a German named Reiner. Returning to Germany after graduation, Reiner taught at a camp for the disabled where, relying on college notes, he gave a stirring speech on the Victorious... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at CONNIKA
Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at CONNIKA
I am re-reading for the umpteenth time Marilynne Robinson's essay on Psalm Eight. What a gift writers are to us, opening up what we see, hear and know in an ever deepening way. Here she describes not only a seed... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at CONNIKA
Thus, the final way he gladly chose to reveal himself is in his own Son, existing before the stars, who would become a limited human being with a body like me, an emotional life like mine, a thinking loving spirit,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at CONNIKA
But he chooses to bridge the gap in a more significant, personal way. He chooses out of many nations one people and in the years of their history discloses - progressively from Abraham and Moses on, but most specifically in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at CONNIKA
...Marty chooses for our consideration one of the great currents of scripture: Jesus, the supreme revelation of the Father. The insights I gain this week become central categories for my future thinking and teaching and preaching. Marty moved in the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at CONNIKA
I am re-reading Marilynne Robinson's essay on Psalm Eight in her book THE DEATH OF ADAM (Essays on Modern Thought). "One Easter I went with my grandfather to a small Presbyterian church in northern Idaho, where I heard a sermon... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at CONNIKA
"...if the drumbeat of freedom excites my heart, my head remains extremely wary...I strongly fear that the siren song of independence, attractive and alluring as it is, will lead less to any new and tangible freedoms and instead will turn... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at CONNIKA
"The families of both my parents settled and established themselves in the northern mountains, where there is a special sweetness in the light and grace in the vegetation, and as well a particular tenderness in the contact of light and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2014 at CONNIKA
Rowan of Rin and Clementine Rose Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at CONNIKA
...I can do all this through him who gives me strength. (Phillipians 4:13) Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at CONNIKA
Again, all appliqued by hand. What a treat these two quilt were when they were brought to the group a week or so ago. Inspirational you are Leona. Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at CONNIKA
Isn't it beautiful? Leona (on the right) hand-stitched the applique on this quilt. Beeeutiful! Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at CONNIKA
A prophet? Yes, I tell you more than a prophet. Truly I tell you, among those born of women, there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at CONNIKA
...even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid... Matthew 10 Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at CONNIKA
To no man does the earth mean so much as to the soldier. When he presses himself down upon her long and powerfully, when he buries his face and his limbs deep in her from the fear of death by... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at CONNIKA
Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or, if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil know how to give good gifts to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at CONNIKA
...For compassion means to build a bridge to others without knowing whether they want to be reached. Your brother or sister might be so embittered that he or she doesn't expect anything from you. Then your compassion stirs up emnity,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2014 at CONNIKA
When you give, you are the master of the situation - acceptance is something else. Often people feel 'obligated' when they receive a gift. Perhaps the challenge of the Gospel, lies precisely in the invitation to accept a gift for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at CONNIKA