The Rev. Dr. Paul Tellstrom is senior pastor of Irvine United Congregational Church UCC in Irvine, CA, where he has been since 2006.
He earlier served as pastor of Mt. Hollywood United Church of Christ in Los Angeles. For 11 years before coming to Irvine, Paul was a board member of Hope-Net, an interfaith agency dedicated to eradicating hunger and homelessness in Los Angeles, and served as its president for three years.
Paul is a graduate of Syracuse University and earned his master of divinity from Claremont School of Theology, where he was given the Distinguished Preaching Award, and his doctor of ministry degree from Chicago Theological Seminary.
The account is short and it brings us a reminder of life in the pre-scientific world. "As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they called out, saying, 'Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!'"
For centuries there were people who were afflicted with all sorts of diseases and conditions that today, with gratitude to the scientific and medical community, no one ever need fear again. The drama that unfolds today is confirmation of the strength of fear. Here are ten souls, walking at a distance away from the main road as they were bound to do by law because of their condition. These were people who were born with real hopes and dreams-they once walked with purpose and meaning with their peers, and now-due to the accident of being in some place or other where they contracted this disease, their lives were as good as over.Read full transcript...
Of course, I wasn't there, but there has been some tension again over at the house before Jesus even gets to this suburban Bethany home.
After doing all the shopping and gathering the water from the well early that morning, perhaps Martha has just finished shaking out the old carpet and inhaling its dust before she goes back inside and sweeps out the house.Read full transcript...