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Posts by Rev. Dr. Richard Haley

That’s All Folks

Th-th-th-that’s all folks

Rev. Dr. Porky Pig

Well, as my time as pastor of First-Calvary Baptist Church comes to an end, perhaps Porky Pig’s concluding words at the end of each Hanna-Barbera cartoon segment involving such characters as Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, Elmer Fudd et. al., seem appropriate. Or not.

He Is Risen

And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is Risen

Matthew 28:7

Dear Friends,

The above verse from Matthew’s gospel references what the women who went to Jesus’ burial place were told to do by an angel they met there. So the Easter message was about going and telling that Jesus had “risen” and that message came via an encounter with what were clearly spiritual beings. The rest of the story in Matthew tells us the women went from the tomb with fear and joy. Well … yeah! Fear of the unknown (I mean strange beings) and joy that Jesus, their teacher and friend, wasn’t dead anymore.

Winds of Change

The winds of change are always blowing
And every time I try to stay
The winds of change continue blowing
And they just carry me away

The above referenced song was made relatively famous when recorded and sung by Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson in 1984. The song was about all the women they had ever dated!

But the chorus says a bit about life, how the “winds of change” move us to surprising places.

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is the day that traditionally begins the Christian “season” of Lent, a time of preparation for individuals and faith communities to celebrate Easter. This year Ash Wednesday falls on March 6.