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Posts by Margaret LaMotte Torrence

Endings and Beginnings

Background note: Today’s text comes from the Book of Colossians. Though the opening verse attributes this letter to Paul, many scholars believe that it was written by one of his followers. For instance, the way the author speaks of sin, forgiveness, and resurrection, suggests a perspective related to, but different from Paul’s. The writing style also varies significantly from the undisputed Pauline letters. But none


What the Servant Sees

Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Aram, was a great man and in high favor with his master, because by him the LORD had given victory to Aram. The man, though a mighty warrior, suffered from leprosy. Now the Arameans on one of their raids had taken a young girl captive from the land of Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. She


Love in Motion

One day when my son Nate was about three, he and I were in the parking lot of a Target store in California, where we were living at the time. I was intent on accomplishing some errand or another, but Nate was a curious child, full of questions, which meant that a short walk from the car to a store could be a long and


Never Quite What We Expect

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to


What Jesus Asks

If you were here two weeks ago, you may remember that we heard the very beginning of what is called “the final discourse” from the gospel of John. Here’s the setting of that discourse: Knowing that he will soon be arrested—and seeing his cross on the horizon—Jesus has just shared a final meal with his disciples. He has washed their feet, and then he begins


What Matters Most

As the passage opens, Jesus is at the table with his disciples, whose feet he has just washed. After completing that act and talking with them about it, Jesus has become agitated and announced that one of them is about to betray him. We pick up just after Judas leaves the table. John 13:31-35 When Judas had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of