Advent Day 10: Matthew 10: Following Jesus is an Upside Down Business

Eugene Peterson wrote, in his book Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places, "Jesus' imagery, to be followed soon by his sacrifice, is totally counter to our culture of more, more. Could Jesus have made it any clearer? We don't become more, we become less. Instead of grasping more tightly to whatever we value, we let… Continue reading Advent Day 10: Matthew 10: Following Jesus is an Upside Down Business

500 Words with Matthew’s Gospel: Living and Reading Slowly

I'm working on a project in the month of May. The goal is to read through the entire New Testament, the Psalms, and the Proverbs. It requires reading 14-15 chapters of the Bible per day. That doesn't sound like much until you actually start doing it. Some days the chapters are short, other days not… Continue reading 500 Words with Matthew’s Gospel: Living and Reading Slowly

500 Words with Matthew’s Gospel: God with Us

"So Dark is our situation that God Himself must enter and occupy it in order that it may be light. We cannot fully understand the Christian 'God with us' without the greatest astonishment at the glory of the divine grace and the greatest horror at our own plight."–Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics, The Doctrine of Reconciliation,… Continue reading 500 Words with Matthew’s Gospel: God with Us

Podcast #1: The Resurrection Driven Life, pt 1

Friends, This is a new adventure for Life Under the Blue Sky: Podcasting of sunday’s sermons.  This is a trial run from a sermon I preached about 2 years ago. The sermon is called Now is the Time to Fast and Pray and is part 1 of a 5 part series called The Resurrection Driven… Continue reading Podcast #1: The Resurrection Driven Life, pt 1

Coming Next Monday: Towards a Theology of Suffering

Friends, I have already begun to post some preliminary thoughts on suffering on a separate page on this blog. Beginning next Monday, the 10th, I will be updating those comments on a weekly basis. September 9, 2007, I will begin a sermon series called ‘Towards a Theology of Suffering’. This series will be a nine… Continue reading Coming Next Monday: Towards a Theology of Suffering