2022 Art in Bloom

World-class art and exquisite flower arrangements – what could be better? The 2022 edition of Art in Bloom at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) did not disappoint. See what I mean. Florist Pamela Marie’s interpretation of First Century BCE Japanese ritual bell. Sheets of clay cover two figures like blankets warming sleeping bodies. Artist Georges Jeanclos’…

The Coming Lord is Our Righteousness

“In those days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell securely. And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘The LORD is our righteousness.’” (Jeremiah 33”16) As Christians prepare to celebrate Christmas during the season of Advent (which means “coming”), our focus is on repentance. We are preparing for the coming…

My Salvation Will Be Forever

“Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look at the earth beneath; for the heavens vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment, and they who dwell in it will die in like manner; but my salvation will be forever, and my righteousness will never be dismayed.” Isaiah 51:6 The people…

The Gospel of John Bible Study, Part Twenty Two

All the details that the Bible gives us about Jesus’ death on the cross are not just details. As we see in this study of the nineteenth chapter of the Gospel of John, they are important elements of the wonderful story of God’s dying love for sinners. “For God so loved the world, that he…

We Are Able

In a normal year, this is the time of year we hear about various reenactments of Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection. Churches and other organizations will reenact the events of Holy Week to help make them real for people. When I hear about these reenactments I am always interested to see how they show show…

The Gospel of John Bible Study, Part Seventeen

Jesus speaks repeatedly about the heavenly Father in the Fourteenth Chapter of John. But as we see in this study of this chapter of the Gospel of John, even though Jesus speaks so much about the Father, the chapter is also about Jesus as he says, “I am the way, the truth and the life,…