Still Waters and Death Valleys: A Lectionary Meditation

  The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in right path for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me. You prepare a table before [Read More...]

The Resurrection and Wounds that Won’t Heal

Some wounds do not heal. When I was a journalist, I remember sitting with the mother whose son’s remains had only recently returned from the war in Iraq. I listened to her grieve as she told the story of how her son unexpectedly came to join the military, how she feared for him, how she [Read More...]

Unforgiving Jesus on the Cross

In the midst of his crucifixion, Jesus looks down and forgives his torturers, his crucifiers, his executioners. Jesus, in the midst of the unimaginable and intolerable injustice, musters the courage to forgive the unforgivable. It is a moment, at least according to how traditional Christianity teaches it, of overwhelming mercy and unfathomable forgiveness. Except, that’s [Read More...]

Protesting Holy Week

Church is the last place Christians should be during Holy Week. That’s right. On the highest of holy days of the Christian calendar, I don’t think the followers of Jesus should be anywhere near a Holy Week service. Not Maundy Thursday. Not Good Friday. Not any of them. Of course there are great experiences to [Read More...]

Caretakers of a Mystery (Lenten Meditation)

Throughout Lent, I will be posting short meditations on the Daily Office readings. Please journey and pray with me through these readings. To read previous Lenten meditations click here. Monday, March 5 I Corinthians 4:1 Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries. Servants are orderly things. Mysteries [Read More...]

Doubt and Suspended Animation (Daily Lenten Meditation)

Throughout Lent, I will be posting short meditations on the Daily Office readings every day. Please journey and pray with me through these readings. To read previous Lenten meditations click here. Thursday, March 1 Mark 2:1-12 “And when they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; [Read More...]

Bottom of a Well (Daily Lenten Meditation)

Throughout Lent, I will be posting short meditations on the Daily Office readings every day. Please journey and pray with me through these readings. To read previous Lenten meditations click here. Wednesday, February 29 Genesis 37 “Once Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more.” Honestly, [Read More...]

Dismembering the Body of Christ (Daily Lenten Meditation)

Throughout Lent, I will be posting short meditations on the Daily Office readings every day. Please journey and pray with me through these readings. To read previous Lenten meditations click here. Monday, February 27 I Corinthians 1:11-13 “For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers [Read More...]

Contentment, Not Achievement (Daily Lenten Meditation)

Throughout Lent, I will be posting short meditations on the Daily Office readings every day. Please journey and pray with me through these readings. To read previous Lenten meditations click here. Saturday, February 25 Philippians 4:12-13 “I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any [Read More...]

The Subversiveness of Gentleness (Daily Lenten Meditation)

Throughout Lent, I will be posting short meditations on the Daily Office readings every day. Please journey and pray with me through these readings. To read previous Lenten meditations click here. Friday, February 24 Philippians 4:5 Let your gentleness be known to everyone. In his letter to the Philippians, one of Paul’s instructions to the [Read More...]


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