The National Catholic Review

The Good Word

A blog on Scripture and preaching from John W. Martens, America's Word columnist, and the Rev. Terrance W. Klein, the author of Vanity Faith.

August 2015

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    This is the twenty-fourth entry in the Bible Junkies Online Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles. This entry deals with the apostles Peter and John taking up Philip’s mission to Samaria and Simon the magician offering money for the Holy Spirit.

    For previous entries, please now go to the Complete Acts of the Apostle...

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    How close is God? Moses told the Israelites,

    For what great nation is there
    that has gods so close to it as the Lord,
    our God, is to us whenever we call upon him? (Dt 4:7).

     

    So God is closer than any supposed gods might be. How close is that?

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    It’s probably America’s best known poem, if not its most beloved. Perhaps because it’s as simple as it is universal. There’s no doubt about the clarity of scene, which Robert Frost creates, though folks disagree whether the poet is at peace, or disturbed, by the decision made. 

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    This is the twenty-third entry in the Bible Junkies Online Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles. This entry considers the beginning of the mission to Samaria and the introduction of Simon the magician.

    For previous entries, please now go to the Complete Acts of the Apostle Commentary, where you can find links to...

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    We often say, what you see is what you get, meaning that some little part of the world is there, in front of you, ready for inspection. Just look and you will see. But we also say, what you see depends upon what you’re looking for. The world is the world, out there, independent of us, but, in large measure, your world is different than mine, because we aren’t seeking the very same things. What do we say about garage sales? One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

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    Have you ever heard of hungry grass? In Irish mythology it’s cursed, inflicting insatiable craving upon those who cross it. It’s in Anne Enright’s new novel The Green Road (2015), a family story that closes with Christmas Eve preparations, in the Madigan home, in County Clare Ireland.

    Rosaleen, mother of four and a widow at 76, goes missing before the meal. Confused, she wanders alone outside, coming...

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    This is the twenty-second entry in the Bible Junkies Online Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles. This entry considers Stephen’s martyrdom.

    For previous entries, please now go to the Complete Acts of the Apostle Commentary, where you can find links to each of the entries updated after each new blog post.

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