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Hello, Jeremiah Jeremiah 1:4-10

Hello, Jeremiah

How do you know that the voice you hear is the voice of God?

At a Glance

Smartphone users can talk to Siri -- a disembodied voice. Children talk to their dolls. Of course, children have been doing that since forever. Now, however, the dolls talk back. The voices of the dolls, unlike Siri, have bodies. And the dolls have a name: Barbie. Is this a good thing? The jury's out. Jeremiah, in today's text, is found talking to a disembodied speaker. The speaker is God. But how did Jeremiah know that the voice he heard was the voice of God?

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "Heroes and Zeros," February 1, 2004, at

If you're of a certain age, you might

remember when dolls or, ahem, "action figures," that could talk were so popular. Usually, getting G.I. Joe or Barbie to talk involved pulling a string that activated one of a half dozen pre-recorded random sentences (younger generations, think Woody in Toy Story).

Only rarely did these sentences have anything to do with the scenario you...

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