Ask This Question

Sometimes our own perceptions are skewed, we can't always evaluate ourselves.  From time to time we need to check in with our friends and family to help us see where we are.  Today is one of those days and the question at hand is what kind of good news have you have shared.  Ask it on Facebook or in person, but ask it--"what good news have I told you verbally or through my actions." … [Read more...]

Take Delight

Today, savor the world.  Put your attention toward enjoying the people you encounter, the activities you do, the serendipities that come.  Take a walk in the woods and delight in the incredible creation.  The world is full of delightful things; the Sabbath is a day to really savor them. … [Read more...]

Pre-Read

Tomorrow churches that use the Revised Common Lectionary will read Mark 12:38-44 and most likely hear a sermon on it.  Too often we don't have time to really reflect on the Gospel read on Sunday.  We hear it quickly and don't have time to process it.  Today, read the  Gospel reading for this Sunday and reflect on it.  Use as many different angles to get to the passage as possible.  Write a poem on the passage, paint a picture of it, try to write your own sermon--use whatever method helps you ente … [Read more...]

Friday Fast

Fast from all food and caloric drinks until 5 PM.  Remember that a fast is not something that is meant to weaken us but is rather intended to bring us strength.  Just as lifting weights tears down muscle and makes them temporarily weaker, when we recover from the stress of the lift we are stronger.  It is the same with fasting.  Writer Dallas Willard has pointed out that when Jesus faced Satan in the desert after a forty day fast it wasn't because Jesus was weak--God had been strengthening him to … [Read more...]

Where Did it Come From?

Today, pay attention to everything you buy or consume.  Do research on just five of those items and go as deep as you can to trace where it comes from.  For instance, if you buy a shirt and you see it is made by Gap in Vietnam, find out as much as possible about the garment industry in Vietnam.  Hold whatever it is you bought and pray for those who made it.  Pray for forgiveness for the injustices that came in bringing that product to you.  And most importantly, find a way to either not change th … [Read more...]

Read the News

Today is a day filled with news, with analysis, with wondering at what the election will mean.  But this news isn't of great consequence in the midst of the much more important news of the Gospel.  Today instead of spending too much time obsessing with the news of the day, read the news that really matters--pick one of the Gospels and read from it.  What does the news of Christ's coming, Christ's love, Christ's death and resurrection mean?  What difference will this news make? … [Read more...]

The Most Important Thing You’ll Do Today

No, it is not voting.  Vote if you like, but Christians need to keep such actions in perspective and not get caught up in pseudo-salvations. We have a duty, as theologian Stanley Hauerwas recently said, not to take voting too seriously.  Instead as an act of allegiance and reorientation take part in communion with other Christians.  Throughout the country churches are holding communion to mark our true identity as Christ's people.  Find a Eucharist near you here: … [Read more...]

I Spy…

I spy is a great game for long road trips; one of the best ways to occupy kids before the advent of the back seat DVD player.  Today, play a kind of divine "I spy..."  Look for signs of God around you.  It could be a moment of grace, a person calling for you to live into Christ, a moment of beauty.  Write down each moment and if possible play along with someone else who can help point you toward seeing God in the world. … [Read more...]

Sabbath Rest

Sabbath rest comes from delighting in work well done.  There is no real Sabbath without real work.  Today recall the work that brought you to this day of rest and thank God for both the ability to work and the ability to rest. … [Read more...]

Simple Prayer

A simple prayer is a short word or phrase such as "Lord Christ, have mercy" or "Bless you."  Today fill your hours with these simple prayers.  Say them as you pass others and say them when you are alone.  Bless others and praise God throughout the day. … [Read more...]


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