The Spirit of Holiness – Br. Jim Woodrum

Br. Jim WoodrumLeviticus 19:1-2, 15-18; Matthew 22:34-46

I became a fan of football my freshman year of college at the University of South Carolina where I was in the marching band.  Even though I had been to many football games in high school, I didn’t find them very exciting and was more interested in socializing with my friends in band than watching the game.  College football was different.  The sole purpose of the marching band was to support the football team and to boost school spirit and I found it to be great fun.  So, I started to learn what the game of football was all about, little by little.  This was daunting for me because I didn’t want my friends to know that I had no clue as to what was going on.  So I tried to learn the rules quietly.  When a friend would give me a high five and yell something about a touchback I’d try to save face by being excited too but inside my head I was yelling “What’s a ‘touchback?” Read More

Be Tender – Br. James Koester

Leviticus 19: 1-2, 15-18; Psalm 1; 1 Thessalonians 2: 1-8; Matthew 22: 34-46

Tender is not a word that easily comes to mind when I think of Saint Paul or Leviticus. Usually Paul seems sharp or at times condescending and sometimes downright confusing. Leviticus, so concerned with purity laws is downright off putting, because I often feel that I could never make the grade, even if I wanted to. But this morning tender is the very word that springs to mind when I read them both. Listen again to Paul:

But we were gentle among you, like a nurse tenderly caring
for her own children. So deeply do we care for you that we
are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God
but also our own selves, because you have become very dear
to us.1

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