Good Friday Reflection X

We’re finally on the road to West Virginia for Easter. I’m blogging from the car. This “personal hotspot” feature is very cool!

I’ve been at BOCES for a year and a half. It’s been a great experience so far.

One big change has been starting work on my doctorate. It’s amazing how quickly the program at UC moves.

We just celebrated Jack’s baptism and my 43rd birthday.

We dropped Debo off with the Sutliffs. He and Indy are going to have a great time!

One learning goal I have before next Good Friday is to select a dissertation topic.

A personal goal I have is to continue participating regularly with the new Rally app. It’s much more fun than the old HealthyBlue system.

A professional goal is to continue to develop stronger relationships across the Wayne-Finger Lakes region. I’m excited to see who joins our staff development team this summer!

I pray that our family continues to grow closer together.

Once I finish my PhD, I will come back to Nine Year Bible and finish the Navigators Bible reading series. I’m getting close to the end and predict I’ll be done in 2020 sometime.

See you again on March 20, 2018!

Categories: annual goals

Pause for School Work

I’m fortunate to have returned to school to earn an advanced degree in leadership.

So I will take another pause, like I did back in 2010, to complete a challenge before returning to 9-Year Bible.

 

Categories: Leadership

Pharisee Phailure

Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?” But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin used for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?” They answered, “The emperor’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away (vv. 15-22).

Categories: jesus, matthew, Pharisees

Many Called, Few Chosen

Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come. Again he sent other slaves, saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.’ But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his slaves, mistreated them, and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.’ Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.

“But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe, and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?’ And he was speechless.Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen” (vv. 1-14).

Categories: jesus, matthew, parable

Summary of Matthew 22

Jesus ticks off the religious leaders.

They try to trap him with questions.

Jesus ticks off the religious leaders.

Categories: jesus, matthew, summary

Jesus Calls Out His Adversaries

Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the scriptures:

‘The stone that the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone;
this was the Lord’s doing,
    and it is amazing in our eyes’?

Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom. The one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and it will crush anyone on whom it falls.”

When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they realized that he was speaking about them. They wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowds, because they regarded him as a prophet (vv. 42-46).

Categories: jesus, kingdom of god, matthew

Parable of the Vintner

Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country.When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect his produce. But the tenants seized his slaves and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again he sent other slaves, more than the first; and they treated them in the same way. Finally he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him and get his inheritance.’ So they seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” They said to him, “He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the harvest time” (vv. 33-41).

Categories: jesus, matthew, parable
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