Simple Words

A couple of pastor’s blogs ago I mentioned that when I’m working on a sermon, I print out four English Bible translations (NKJV, NIV, ESV and NRSV) along with the Greek or Hebrew. I’m preparing my second sermon on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, and I’ve...

Power Outage

Photo ©2018 Photo by Amber Jurgensen Commentary ©2018 by Russell Jurgensen Thursday, February 1, 2018 Our power went out for 12 hours a few weeks ago. Amber, being the adventurous type, drove out to find the reason. She took this picture through the car window. It is...

Back to Basics

Tuesday I had what is probably my final session with a speech therapist at the downtown Virginia Mason hospital. Last June I developed viral laryngitis, and while the viral part vanished after a week or so, the laryngitis stayed on. And on, and on. What had happened...

Heaven’s Ear

Photo and Commentary ©2018 by Maylan Schurch Wednesday, January 31, 2018 A little over a week ago I was walking across the University of Washington campus and noticed this building. It’s called Kane Hall, and though I’ve never been inside, I gather that it contains a...

Ignoring Bible Headings and Footnotes

For the next several months–maybe the whole year–I’m going to be preaching on the words Jesus spoke. The series is called “Red Print,” because for a bit over 100 years some Bibles have been printed with the words of Jesus in red. This...