Book Review: Life is______. Forty Day Experience

I know that the popular thing to do when getting free books in exchange for reviews is to write a wildly favorable review that causes readers to swoon and books sales to accelerate. Every time I write a review for one of these publishers, and the review happens to be negative, I sit on my… Continue reading Book Review: Life is______. Forty Day Experience

Advent Day 5: Matthew 5: The Things We Often Forget

Read: Matthew 5; Galatians 5; Exodus At its very core, Advent is a time to think about the first coming of Messiah and, perhaps, to telescope that thinking into the future and his Second Revelation. When we take the time to pause and think about the Advent of our Lord, we are pausing to note… Continue reading Advent Day 5: Matthew 5: The Things We Often Forget

Advent Day 2: Matthew 2: The Real King of Israel

Read: Matthew 2; Psalm 2; Revelation 12; Genesis 12 I thought a little more about that genealogy from Matthew chapter 1: "The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham." So, in some way, Jesus is related to David and Abraham. OK. And the Lord made promises to… Continue reading Advent Day 2: Matthew 2: The Real King of Israel

That Kind of Faith

Reflections on Pentecost Sunday, May 31, 2009 “Faith has to do with marrying Invisible and Visible. When we engage in an act of faith we give up control, we give up sensory (sight, hearing, etc.) confirmation of reality; we give up insisting on head knowledge as our primary means of orientation in life. The positive… Continue reading That Kind of Faith

They Had One thing in Common

Thoughts for Second Sunday in Lent, March 8, 2009 I’m preaching a series of sermons from 1 Corinthians to the church I serve during Lent. We are focusing on the essential and necessary oneness of the church that was forged in the crucifixion of Jesus. Part of the goal of these sermons is to introduce… Continue reading They Had One thing in Common

90 Days with Jesus, Day 10: Colossians 1:11-12

Day 10, Colossians 1:11-12: Strengthened with God’s Strength “…being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.” Well, I haven’t worked… Continue reading 90 Days with Jesus, Day 10: Colossians 1:11-12

Something to Do with Resurrection

Something to Do with Resurrection Luke 12, Genesis 13 People are fond of using Jesus for the wrong ends. We have all seen it. Jesus the judge. Jesus the arbiter of relationships. Jesus the ‘good teacher’ of ‘our theology.’ We silly people have all sorts of ideas swirling around inside our toilet bowl heads about… Continue reading Something to Do with Resurrection

Abraham Conquers the Land

Abraham the Warrior Genesis 12, Luke 11 Abraham is one of my favorite stories in the Bible. There is something about his character, his unassuming personality, his toughness that resonates with my own spirit. Not that I am tough or unassuming like he was, but just that…well, I just like Abraham. He, along with David… Continue reading Abraham Conquers the Land

As People Moved Eastward

As People Moved Eastward Genesis 11, Luke 10 The first time we read of man moving ‘eastward’ it was in Genesis 3 and in direct relation to the curse which was a direct result of the sin. The eastward march continued with Cain who ‘went out from the Lord’s presence and lived in the land… Continue reading As People Moved Eastward

A Powerful Kingdom of Poverty

A Powerful Kingdom of Poverty Genesis 10, Luke 9 I’m not a little behind on these, but I promise I have been doing the reading. I actually have notes for several days’ worth of writing. I’ve just been wiped out lately and unmotivated to write. Nevertheless, today I’m in the mood to write. Today mostly… Continue reading A Powerful Kingdom of Poverty

Abounding Boundless Love

Abounding Boundless LoveGenesis 9, Luke 8 If I am brave enough to do so, I will take Luke chapter 8 at face value. I realize that this might get me in trouble with some Christians who are more cutting-edge than I, but I’m willing to take that risk. At face value, Jesus talks about things… Continue reading Abounding Boundless Love

God Remembers Us

God Remembers Us Genesis 8, Proverbs 2 In my estimation, those three words are some of the most important words in the Bible. “God remembered Noah.” Not only are they some of the most important words in the Bible, but they are some of the most beautiful. I don’t happen to think there is anything… Continue reading God Remembers Us

Asleep in Anxiety

Asleep in Anxiety Genesis 7, Psalm 3-4 There are wounded people all around the world. There are people whose lives are under constant threat from enemies. There are people whose lives are under constant strain of economic instability. There are people whose lives are marked by constant floods and the daily concern of what to… Continue reading Asleep in Anxiety

Murdering the Image of God

Murdering the Image of God Genesis 4, Luke 5 Today’s reading takes us back to Genesis again. The book is full of surprises for the interested reader who will pay attention. We’ve learned the glories of creation, the goodness, the majesty of the God who creates, the grace of the God who created us to… Continue reading Murdering the Image of God

Jesus, Kingdoms, and the Spirit (Luke 4)

Jesus, Kingdoms, and the Spirit Genesis 3, Luke 4 In my daily reading today, I found myself reflecting on the previous 3 chapters of Luke’s Gospel as I read the fourth chapter of Luke’s Gospel. As I did, I remembered a significant feature that begins each chapter. It goes something like this. In chapter 1… Continue reading Jesus, Kingdoms, and the Spirit (Luke 4)