Book Review: Introducing Indonesia

Introducing Indonesia – 3rd edition, published by the American Women’s Association, 1975 This was a short and fascinating read. Short mostly because at least half the book is a phone directory of services and businesses in Indonesia – particularly the island of Java and the city of Jakarta – that might be of use to an… Continue reading Book Review: Introducing Indonesia

Book Review – A Brief History of Indonesia

A Brief History of Indonesia: Sultans, Spices & Tsunamis: The Incredible Story of Southeast Asia’s Largest Nation by Tim Hannigan How many colons are you allowed to have in a book title? I feel like Hannigan has exceeded his limit but, then again, he’s published a book and I haven’t. So I’ll just be quiet. This… Continue reading Book Review – A Brief History of Indonesia

Reading Ramblings – August 29, 2021

Date: Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost – Texts: Genesis 12:1-4; Psalm 96; 1 Corinthians 7:17-24; Mark 5:1-20 Context: Something different this week.  I’m preaching in two small congregations in Northern Arizona on Sunday and the pastor serving them both is preparing a sermon for the previous Sunday (8/22) entitled Go When God Calls.  Since he’s setting… Continue reading Reading Ramblings – August 29, 2021

Reading Ramblings – August 22, 2021

Date: Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost – August 22, 2021 Texts: Isaiah 29:11-19; Psalm 14; Ephesians 5:22-33; Mark 7:1-13 Context: Whenever this reading from Ephesians 5 comes up I feel compelled to focus and preach on it because it is so misunderstood in our time.  The readings as a whole today have a theme of the… Continue reading Reading Ramblings – August 22, 2021

Reading Ramblings – August 15, 2021

Date: Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost ~ August 15, 2021 Texts: Proverbs 9:1-10; Psalm 34:12-22; Ephesians 5:6-21; John 6:51-69 Context: Pastors are trained to interpret Biblical texts.  It ought to be a lifelong practice of not just personal reflection but also continued study in the art of exegesis, with reference to how others have interpreted the… Continue reading Reading Ramblings – August 15, 2021

Reading Ramblings – July 25, 2021

Date: Ninth Sunday after Pentecost ~ July 25, 2021 Texts: Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 136:1-9; Ephesians 3:14-21; Mark 6:45-66 Context: God is the Creator of all things.  This means God is master of all things.  There is nothing that happens without God’s either direct will (the Flood) or permission (Job).  This is how we are to… Continue reading Reading Ramblings – July 25, 2021

Reading Ramblings – July 18, 2021

Date: Eighth Sunday after Pentecost – July 18, 2021 Texts: Jeremiah 23:1-6; Psalm 23; Ephesians 2:11-22; Mark 6:30-44 Context: Just starting the reading at Jeremiah 23:1, we might be inclined to interpret the words as directed towards the priests as shepherds of God’s people.  However if you start at Chapter 21 you see this is… Continue reading Reading Ramblings – July 18, 2021