Read What?

August 5, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Ecclesiastes 12:12 Alternate Title for the post: Why Reading? By reading literature we learn to know ourselves in new ways. Literature can help us to have mercy on ourselves and others, can divest us of the ignorance that places ourselves at the center of the universe, can make possibleContinue reading “Read What?”

Waiting Under Grass

July 22, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Mark 13 (Please do not skip reading the passage) Name, dates of birth and death are cleanly cut into the stone. One word appears beneath the name—Waiting. Shootings blot the American landscape almost every day. Deaths from the guns of evil continue to increase. Children and other innocents areContinue reading “Waiting Under Grass”

Spiritual Formation

July 15, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Matthew 23 A disciple’s soul-ward journey, the move inward, occurs as our vital connection with God. Contrast this to the outward appearance, which can be faked. Others can be deceived by our apparent holy right-ness. Jesus explains that God’s focus is on “…justice, mercy and faithfulness” (Matthew 23:23). SpeakingContinue reading “Spiritual Formation”

Magnificent Defeat

July 31, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Psalm 19 For what we need to know, of course, is not just that God exists, not just that beyond the steely brightness of the stars there is a cosmic intelligence of some kind that keeps the whole show going, but that there is a God right here inContinue reading “Magnificent Defeat”

Tender Mercy; the Dirty Feet of Jesus

June 10, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Luke 7 She never speaks. Not a single word blots the page. Tears flow—her cheeks wetted with passion. Her hair is dirty yet, over her vocal cords no words flow. Her concern appears to be the dirty feet of Jesus. Why is she crying?  The scene: “A woman inContinue reading “Tender Mercy; the Dirty Feet of Jesus”

Three Month’s Salary

May 27, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Luke 19 Gifts should not be taken for granted. Thank you notes are always appropriate when someone has been gracious. Disciples write thank you letters to God through faithful stewardship. As God invests in us, there is an expectation that as his people are thankful, they are also makingContinue reading “Three Month’s Salary”

Coram Deo

May 13-14, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Matthew 19:16-30 Self-awareness of spiritual poverty is not a 21st century phenomena. In the days before the betrayal, arrest and sentencing of Jesus, a person-standing Coram Deo, “In the presence of God” asked, “What do I still lack?” (Matthew 19:20).  If you are willing, in this 21st century seasonContinue reading “Coram Deo”

Spiritual Mosquitoes

Friday, April 1, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Matthew 14 Bible in hand, I sit down ready to read. My occasional journal is ready for fresh ink. I come to these moments seeking God’s guidance. Without speaking aloud I address God. “Lord, You are Sovereign. I am here to listen. I am your servant. My heartContinue reading “Spiritual Mosquitoes”

Fishing Smells

Friday, March 25, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Matthew 4 Imagine the smells of a fishing business. Doesn’t seem like a fragrance particularly aligning with God’s holiness. See the holy Presence. Raw sunburned hands, eyes squinting against the hard diamonds of the sun’s reflection from Galilee’s waters, then suddenly Jesus. “You guys. Yes, you. I wantContinue reading “Fishing Smells”

Humility Avoids Arrogance

January 7, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: 1 Peter 5 Instructing an entire group of disciples our brother Peter writes, “All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.’ Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time”Continue reading “Humility Avoids Arrogance”