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The Improbability of Faith

- Blog post written by Daniel Carillo



In the first chapter of his Gospel, John gives an account of how Jesus selects the apostles.  Interesting approach – John doesn’t give an account of each apostle’s first encounter with Jesus.  Instead, he focuses on four – Andrew (Peter), Simon, Philip, and Nathanael.

Ah, Nathanael.

Nathanael first hears about Jesus from Philip, who tells him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”  Nathanael’s response is shocking – “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”

Doubt. Nathanael was saying, “I doubt it!”  He was questioning.  He could not believe.  This was impossible.

Doubt.  What is it, and how is it able to, so easily, grab hold of us?  Twist our thoughts?  Fill us with dread and anxiety?

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Play Ball!

Spring!  Here in the northeast, spring has finally sprung!  Temperatures have risen into the 70s.  The sun has reintroduced itself, thawing the weary denizens of winter’s harsh sting.  Tiny buds can be seen on some trees and bushes, barely perceptible, but nevertheless very encouraging.  A symphony of bird songs fill the early morning hours in a glorious counterpoint of unrelated melodies.  Cardinals, blue jays, robins, sparrows, woodpeckers, and the rest, all sing their triumphant songs of perseverance and their joyous songs of hope.  Spring brings the fulfillment of so many desires and so much anticipation.  And – the baseball season begins.



Baseball – the national past time.  I don’t know what it is about this game that captures the imagination of so many.  Perhaps it’s just a nostalgic, backward glance.  A longing for a time when life was slower paced, simpler.  Perhaps it’s just a rite of passage – a loud bugle blast announcing to all that yet another spring is here and that summer is on the horizon.

LOOK!  THERE IT IS – OFF IN THE DISTANCE.  I CAN SEE IT COMING

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