Today’s Scripture: John 12:1-11 3Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. (NRSV) Click above image for a larger view. … [Click to read more]


When one looks at the Compassion!, 1897, at first glance the viewer may interpret this painting be simply a depiction of Christ on the Cross, with perhaps another saint, or victim. A depiction not too different from thousands of other paintings of the subject; but in fact, the subject of this painting is not simply the event, but the conversion to Christianity through the compassion for the sacrifice Jesus made.

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On Sunday, March 30, 2014, the youth led the congregation of River Road Church, Baptist, in worship. The message of welcome was woven throughout the service, from the beautiful painting displayed in the narthex, to the prayers spoken and sermons proclaimed, to the music played and sung.

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One Light into Many

This sizeable French Romanesque church, dating from the late 11th century, was a regular stop on one of the pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. In this week’s reading from John 9:1-41, Jesus refers to himself as “the light of the world.” One of the important French theologians of the 12th century, Hugh of St. Victor, speaks about the importance of light in the understanding of God and in the understanding of its presence in the new building style that bathed church interiors with light:

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