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Grape Shatter Isaiah 5:1-7

Grape Shatter

The perils of the wine business are legion. One of them is a disease called grape shatter. It results in underdeveloped grapes. Is this what God finds during a visit to a vineyard called Israel? The prophet Isaiah explains.

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The perils of the wine business are legion. One of them is a disease called grape shatter. It results in underdeveloped grapes. Is this what God finds during a visit to a vineyard called Israel? The prophet Isaiah explains.

EDITOR’S PICK:

For material based on today’s gospel text, see “The Divisive Jesus,” August 18, 2013.

For an alternative idea pertaining to Hebrews 11:29−12:2, see “Run and Become.”

 

The story is a familiar one.

A husband and wife, tired of the relentless pace of the corporate world, and having toyed with another idea for a long time, make a run for it. They leave the security of their jobs to make wine in an idyllic setting on a hillside in coastal Oregon, in the Loire River Valley of France or a green valley of California or Tuscany.

  • There’s the doctor, 52, with a degree in neuroscience.
  • The maître d’ of a Toronto restaurant and his wife who is employed in the pharmaceutical ...

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