The Long Way Around

June 24, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Exodus 13 I like shortcuts. I love shortcuts to success. Shortcuts are great for just about everything except getting the flu. Unfortunately, not all my shortcuts work out with glorious outcomes. Sometimes perfectly well-intentioned shortcuts thunder as disaster approaches like Frankenstein’s footsteps. At other times I’m not close toContinue reading “The Long Way Around”

Humility Should Adorn Us

June 17, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Luke 14 Jesus counsels his disciples, “…all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted” (Luke 14:11). As disciples we monitor our interior self, as well as our public demeanor. We have reasons to be thankful as well as humble. We celebrateContinue reading “Humility Should Adorn Us”

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”

Prayers in the Night

A book review Friday, June 3, 2022 If your spirit spins in perplexity, then Tish Harrison Warren ‘s Prayers in the Night may be part of God’s intervention for your summer soul. Boldly written with a disciple’s vision, Warren’s invitation to think and experience faith, resounds with encouragement. However, this is no walk through theContinue reading “Prayers in the Night”

Invitations Abounding

May 20, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Matthew 22 Yes, the passage is a parable—a story that shapes us. Jesus provides the parable, expressing at least a single emphasis, and possibly other key insights as well. One of those insights is found in these words: “So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyoneContinue reading “Invitations Abounding”

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”

The One

May 6, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Matthew 4 A healer, One who made the lame walk and brought vision to the blind—he was in their midst. The eyewitness accounts and testimonies were credible but almost impossible to believe. Mary spoke to Martha. Martha told her neighbor. Caleb met with Matthew. They decided to ask theirContinue reading “The One”

Certain Uncertain Times

April 29, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Matthew 24 Wars roar. https://www.cnn.com/europe/live-news/russia-ukraine-war-news-04-27-22/index.html Volcanoes erupt. https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2022/01/17/tonga-volcano-eruption-orig-tp-jc.cnn Videos from Ukraine and Tonga are compelling. Are these signs of an imminent and ultimate divine intervention? Jesus urges all disciples to precisely engage in understanding Earth’s events. “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigsContinue reading “Certain Uncertain Times”

Water Fish Bread

April 22, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Matthew 14 Many times disciples wish Jesus would intervene. The current tumult happening in and around Ukraine is no exception. Afghanistan is reportedly wild with hunger. We wish Jesus would immediately and providently bring relief. Jesus at one time did intervene. Do we wait on divine transactions for solutions?Continue reading “Water Fish Bread”

Personal Demonic Presence

Friday, April 8, 2022 Scripture Resource Passage: Matthew 9  Reading today’s passage connects you with a spiritual power-encounter. Two blind men and one with a speech impediment are on the scene. The following reflection provides an entryway into investigating such occurrences, and today’s troubling international events. Each illness cannot be clearly connected to demonic influence.Continue reading “Personal Demonic Presence”