Books for Your Lenten Season

A few have asked me for some suggestions for Lenten reason, Lenten preparation, and Lenten formation. From BCP: I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word. And, to [Read More…]

Last Sunday after the Epiphany

O God, who before the passion of your only begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings, 25 February 2017

Sheesh, it’s getting to the end of February and it has been feeling like Spring around Chicagoland.  I’ll take it. On Monday I will be announcing our next DMin cohort beginning July 2017. Come back Monday! Adam and the Genome. Good idea, worship over the meal, by Kendall Vanderslice: [HT: KKNM] Meanwhile, the Assemblies of [Read More…]

Marc the Travel Agent (by John Frye)

Marc the Travel Agent, by John Frye Marc, the part-time travel agent, sparked enthusiasm in people and closed sales on travel packages to countries he had never visited. His customers bought into his descriptions of the foreign cities and countrysides, the delicious foods and delightful smells of market stalls, the stunning architecture and cobbled streets, [Read More…]

The Pastor and Depression

By Deacon Godsey, a student in my MANT cohort at Northern Seminary. THE CHALLENGE OF PASTORING WITH DEPRESSION Deacon Godsey Pastor, Vintage Church I am 42 years old and have served in some form of full-time ministry for the better part of 20 years, including the last seven as the solo lead pastor of a [Read More…]

The Parables: Podcast Version

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“Who do they say I am?,” Jesus asked

At Caesarea Philippi President Shiell teaching about Jesus challenging Caesar in the midst of empire. Pictures by Erick Hodge: Sir Hodge [Read more…]

Moving Beyond Conflict (RJS)

It is important as Christians that we move beyond the either-or thinking that dominates so much of the church, either we believe in evolution or we believe in God. This is a dangerous and false dichotomy. We have been working through Denis Lamoureux’s new book Evolution: Scripture and Nature Say Yes. The sixth and ninth [Read More…]

More Stories about Women, Please

More sermons need more stories about women. The one who controls the story controls the glory, and that includes both which women we draw attention to in the Bible — Huldah, Esther, Miriam, Deborah, Mary, Junia, Priscilla, and more — and the ones we point to in the history of the church. While there are [Read More…]


Jerusalem, the Garden of Gethsemane, East Jerusalem Pictures by Erick Hodge: Sir Hodge [Read more…]

Dangerous Gospel: The Gift (Jonathan Storment)

The Gift Imagine you could fix the world. All of it. The Refugee crisis, the Nuclear arms race, racial tensions, global poverty, and epidemic loneliness. Imagine that you could fix all of that with the snap of your fingers. Would you? Obviously, anyone with a heart would say yes to that. And yet, Jesus ironically [Read More…]

Paradoxology: God of Love, God of War

Apologetics in a postmodern world is looking less for historical proof, scientific demonstration, and systematic omniscience. Rather, it is looking for honest, open, and genuine probings that have less certitude while holding firm to belief in a good God who loves us but who has not created a world where everything ends up with happy [Read More…]

Want to see a “fellowship of differents”?

The NT vision is for a “fellowship of differents.” Here it is: Transformation Church. [Read more…]

Capernaum and Galilee

The Sea of Galilee Pictures by Erick Hodge: Sir Hodge [Read more…]

The Importance of Israel (RJS)

Matthew anchors the story of Jesus in Israel’s history. If we are unfamiliar with the Old Testament Scriptures and this history, we will miss important parts of the message.  This is especially true in the prelude to Jesus’ public ministry in chapters 1-4. Richard Hays (Reading Backwards and Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels) explores [Read More…]

Prophetic without being Obnoxious

By Dennis Edwards, used from Missio Alliance with permission. Image Look for Dennis Edwards, 1 Peter, coming soon with the Story of God Bible Commentary! Dennis hails from New York City, by way of Washington, DC. He’s a learner and a teacher, a husband and a father, a pastor and servant. His BS degree is [Read More…]

A Parable in the Synagogue of Capernaum

This was one of my all-time teaching highlights, getting to teach a parable of Jesus in the synagogue of Capernaum. (Historian’s alert: this floor is built on top of the 1st Century synagogue. But close enough.) Picture by Erick Hodge: SirHodge [Read more…]