Author Archives: Derek Baker

Tuesday in Holy Week

“‘While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.’ After Jesus had said this, he departed and hid from them.”

That certainly sums up the head fakes of Holy Week, doesn’t it? Just when I think I have the light, believe in the light, am ready to become a child of the light, Jesus goes and hides. [ More → ]

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Lay Proclamation – Naming Demons, Facing Fear

Did you know there are absolutely no instances of demon possession in the Hebrew scripture, the Tanakh? There are a few evil spirits, but they’re usually just causing jealousy or vengeance. Some are even said to be sent by God to false prophets… so they will then fool King Ahab, Jezebel’s husband…. Complicated. But in the Hebrew Bible, there aren’t any instances of demonic possession and certainly no examples of exorcism, the casting out of the demons that possess people. Yet the first three Gospels are full of people possessed by demons!  [ More → ]

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Sympathy for the Devil

Odd John just can’t play well with the synoptic kids. He describes Jesus as the bread of life in Capernaum, several chapters before this Passover meal. Here, bread (consecrated?) is primarily used to implicate Judas … by intinction, no less. So for Judas, the first Eucharist becomes a Black Mass. He takes the bread from Jesus, an outward and visible sign… [ More → ]

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Saturday in the Second Week of Lent

THE STORY JESUS TELLS of the Prodigal Son may be the first parable I remember. No wonder: As the oldest of two sons, I’m sure I saw myself in the story’s elder brother, whose little brother got away with everything and received a party as punishment. I wasn’t completely certain what “loose living” was, exactly, but I knew it must describe my brother’s annoying behavior perfectly — or surely would someday, just as soon as he learned to drive.  [ More → ]

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Saturday in the First Week of Lent

Have you ever been aware of the “self-talk” inside your head? About a decade ago, I shared an office with three people; we were a largely happy bunch. But one day, in reaction to overwriting a file by mistake or some other electronic accident, I said, in a dismissive rage…  [ More → ]

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Mon., March 28: The walking wounded

I have learned more about wound care in the last several months than I ever wanted to know. Among the things I’ve learned: sometime in the last few decades, surgeons realized that sewing up all their incisions didn’t always work out. For one thing, it can make it tougher to treat infection and can even …  [ More → ]

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