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Black Friday Special

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My new Bible study, Latte with Luke, weighing in at 328 pages, is the first study in the Coffee Cup series on the life of Christ. Number twelve comes with an all-new cover design. For Black Friday, I’m offering the book at more than 50 percent off the retail price ($7 each!) for orders of five+ books, while supplies last. Maybe you want to lead a group in a study of the life of Christ in the new year? Or perhaps you’d like to give copies for Christmas? Orders of 5+ books are $7.00 each; individual books cost $10.50—still a significant savings. Venmo me your address at the handle below. Or use the store on this site, and I’ll send a refund check with your books. Subscribers to my site can order anytime between now and midnight on Cyber Monday. (S-h-h-h!)

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The Bent-Over Woman Whom Jesus Healed

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Recently, I dug deeply into a story about one of the lesser-known women of the Bible—the woman Luke describes as “bent over.” And I loved learning more about Jesus’s interaction with her.

But first, the backstory: Jesus and his disciples are walking somewhere on a Sabbath, and they feed themselves by taking some heads of grain in a field. And what do the religious leaders do? They object, because Jesus and his team have done “work.”  

When this happens, Jesus reminds his listeners of a story in the Scriptures about how a priest gave David and his hungry men leftover consecrated bread on the Sabbath. And Jesus concludes by declaring that the Son of man is “lord of the Sabbath” (Luke 6:5).  

Soon after that on another Sabbath, Jesus does something more public and equally unexpected: he heals a man with a withered hand. But again the Sabbath-police …

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Beverley Ann Grafe: Eulogy

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B. Ann Grafe, 92, died in Vancouver, Washington on September 14, 2022. She was born Beverley Ann Bacon in Portland, Oregon, on April 8, 1930, the only child of Velma Ella Henson Bacon and Theodore Roosevelt Bacon. By the time Ann was eight years old, her mother was a single parent whose mother and father owned restaurants in several small towns in the coastal range of Oregon and provided extra hands in raising their granddaughter.

Adopted by her stepfather, Beverley Ann Scharf graduated in the class of 1947 from Thomas Jefferson High School in Portland and went to work at Shell Oil Company. She attended college at Oregon State University, where she met Willis Raymond Grafe. They married on April 26, 1952, at Piedmont United Methodist Church in Portland. 

During the couple’s first years together, Willis worked year-round for Oregon’s Bureau of Public Roads (BPR), spending construction seasons in the …

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