A New Eden

When Mary came to the empty tomb she saw Jesus and mistook him for a gardener: John 20:11-18What if it wasn't a mistake? What if Jesus, as the new Adam, is the new gardener in the new Eden? … [Read more...]

God is Dead

"God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we, murderers of all murderers, console ourselves? That which was the holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet possessed has bled to death under our knives. Who will wipe this blood off us? With what water could we purify ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we need to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us?" These words, spoken by a madman in Friedrich Nietzsche's The Gay … [Read more...]

Take Up Your Cross

Fast from all food and caloric drinks.Attend a journey through the Stations of the Cross with your church (these are often at noon).If you are unable to attend use an online version. … [Read more...]

Have Mercy

Sit for fifteen minutes. Clear your mind of everything but the phrase, "Lord, have mercy." … [Read more...]

Clear the Money Changers

The money changers were more than just a commercialization of the house of God--they were set up in the only area of the temple open to non-Jews. The commercial activity of the temple courtyard was then a disregard for the worship of God by gentiles. How do our own actions to fulfill the needs of insiders prevent the worship of outsiders?Sit and imagine Christ coming to the Christian communities of today. Whose tables would he overturn? Who would he drive out with a whip? … [Read more...]

Don’t Complain

Complaining places our focus in the wrong places--it is no call to prophetic justice or kingdom building speech. Complaining focuses primarily on ourselves, our unmet expectations, our petty grievances. Watch what you say today and pray that God will give you the grace not to complain. Meditate on Colossians 4:6--"Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone." … [Read more...]

Keep Your Word

Let your yes be yes, let your no be noMake fewer promises and strive to keep themWhat keeps you from keeping your word? … [Read more...]

Sit In One Place

Find a place--a street corner, a park, your front porch, a bench in a mall. Sit there and simply observe what is going on around you. Your goal is to be attentive as possible. Where is God showing up in this place? … [Read more...]