Author Archives: John D Stubbs

The Jokes of Jesus

Rembrandt’s masterpiece of 1642 is commonly known as “The Night Watch.”  Around the time of 1945, this painting was restored to something closer to its ORIGINAL state.  After a dark brown layer of varnish was removed, and the margins restored, … Continue reading

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A Rescue Boat

Sunday, November 27, 2016   Being watchful and wise stewards   Surprise The Gospel reading for today, the first Sunday of Advent, is Mt 24:36-44. Here, Jesus refers to the story of Noah in Genesis 6, and emphasizes the surprise … Continue reading

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The Greatest High You Can Get in Life

REMEMBERING AND PRAYING FOR FIRST RESPONDERS Prelude: “I vow to thee my country” Words Cecil Spring-Rice Music: Thaxted (Gustav Holst) in Ancient and Modern, and Songs of Praise I vow to thee, my country, all earthly things above, Entire and … Continue reading

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Helping while bullets fly

LUKE 6: 17-26 “THE BEATITUDES” Today, All Saints Sunday, we remember those we love and have died.  Often, they took generous and self-sacrificial care of us. There is a great story of care for others which is depicted in the … Continue reading

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Friend of sinners, outcasts, and justice workers

Our Gospel reading (Lk 19:1-10) contains the story of Zacchaeus, the chief tax collector and social outcast.  It shows us the Jesus who is a friend of sinners and the outcast; also, Jesus as a friend of justice and peace … Continue reading

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Haunted by the tax collector

We have the current debacle of the Wells Fargo Bank (in October 2016).  According to the media, this is a bank which unduly pressurized economically vulnerable people like the elderly, burdening them with financial services they did not need: oppressive, … Continue reading

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9/ 11: In a world of terror, living peacably

On September 11th each year, we remember the terrorist attacks in New York City and in the USA in 2001.  In that connection, last month I reread the book Thunder Dog written by Michael Hingson with Susy Flory, published in 2011.  … Continue reading

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