Author Archives: Deacon Rick

About Deacon Rick

I am a retired Deacon in Lakeland Florida.

Salome

We hear about the families of only four of the disciples. We’re told Peter’s mother-in-law was healed by Jesus (Mark 1:29-31) but we’re not told her name. In Mark’s Gospel hers is, in fact, the first healing by Jesus to … Continue reading

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Closeups in the big picture

I realize I have been used to thinking about different parables Jesus told, and different moments in his life, in isolation from each other, as if they all stood separately and independently of each other. This way of thinking can … Continue reading

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Mystery stories

I’ve enjoyed mystery stories since I discovered the Hardy Boys in the fourth grade. I wrote some stories myself when I was a kid. I went on to become a fan of John Dickson Carr, Ellery Queen and Sir Arthur … Continue reading

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Silent movies

I became a fan of silent movies as a young child. In those days you could buy 50-foot long 8mm reels to show on your (silent) home movie projector. These films had excerpts, three minutes of scratchy old footage lifted … Continue reading

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Transfiguration

The transfiguration of Jesus (Matthew 17:1-13) is such an extraordinary event it is easy to forget the context of the moment. After repeated encounters with critics hostile to his ministry, and having his disciples sympathize with them (Matthew 15:12), Jesus … Continue reading

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Without a word

Chilean artist Daniel Cariola painted a wide screen close up of the woman who reached out to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment as he walked by. The painting hangs in the Encounter Chapel on the lower floor of the … Continue reading

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The “enemy”

Stanley Hauerwas knows how to express a pithy insight. Melanie and I were listening to an interview he gave. He mentioned the familiar, basic command Jesus left us: love your enemies. (Matthew 5:44) When he gave those instructions, Jesus made … Continue reading

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