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”

Bitter Envy

July 8, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: James 3 Imagine two hurting people. The first one grumbles, “He has more stuff than anyone, then he called me a liar. I’m very angry with him.” The second person speaks throttled pain, “She told people I was stealing from the General Fund. She hurt my feelings and I’mContinue reading “Bitter Envy”

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”

Spiritual Visions

A new post for January 21, 2022 Who do you see ? Optic nerves help me pay attention to my world, myself and those around me. Spiritual vision is positively comparable to the optic nerves connecting me to the outside world. The physical value of corrected vision keeps me from running into furniture, other carsContinue reading “Spiritual Visions”

Framing Your Faith

November 5, 2021 Displayed in 88 words (NIV translation) 1 Corinthians 15:3-8 is a precisely mitered surround, emphasizing faith’s boundaries. Truthful confidence constructs the frame. If the piece is a childhood memento done with finger paints, framing the creation makes a statement for all to see: there is high-value here. This is part of ourContinue reading “Framing Your Faith”

The Imperfect Disciple Reads

Friday, October 1, 2021 A Wesley Worth Hearing Again Stocking your pantry for winter reading? Compelled to consider spiritual renewal? This is my encouragement to stalk and purchase a copy of The Radical Wesley and Patterns for Church Renewal, by Howard Snyder, 1980 InterVarsity Press. You will necessarily search because it remains out of print.Continue reading “The Imperfect Disciple Reads”

The Imperfect Disciple

Initial Post Arrives Easter Week, 2021 Perfection? What? Surely you jest. As for my discipleship, life continues to be marked with imperfection. To me and possibly you as well, a series delving into The Imperfect Disciple (TID) is precise and appropriate. Please read along as the series develops, offering comments and suggestions as 2021 flowsContinue reading “The Imperfect Disciple”