June 15, 2020

I spent a couple of hours reading the Sunday paper yesterday. The prevailing tone of so many of the articles was outrage, anger, hostility, defensiveness, and threatening protests. Once again my friend, Karla, has written words of wisdom and peace–most definitely not dismissing the outrage, but redirecting the passion toward a path of racial reconciliation. Dear White Friend…Again: Image by truthseeker08 from Pixabay. Read more

June 1, 2020

My friend, Karla, has written a post on her blog addressing the racial lament, confusion, and rage pervading our culture today. I appreciated her words, and I think you would be blessed to read them. Lord, have mercy. A Letter to My Beloved White Friends   Image by Momentmal from Pixabay Read more

January 3, 2020

Adoration of the Magi, Edward Burne Jones, 19th c.   Shall we adore Our Lord Jesus Christ? Is he worthy? “Behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.’ … They saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold… Read more

December 6, 2019

These are dark days, darker for some than for others. Dark, for some, in grievous loss of a child; dark, for others, in job loss and illness; darker still for trafficked girls and Central Americans caught in immigration limbo and the homeless single parent and the broken family and the desperate of all sorts. Darkest of all for those without any love. Advent bids us to embrace the darkness, not as a thing in itself to relish, but as the… Read more

November 27, 2019

The Gospel of John doesn’t really deal in miracles, per se, but rather signs. The miraculous things that Jesus does–healings, raising of the dead, turning water into wine, feeding the hungry–come to his people as messages from the Father. Look! See! Understand! As signs, they can be received with gratitude for what they are–good wine, new sight, copious amounts of bread–but they’re meant to lead to more. They’re meant to lead to vision. Thanksgiving is just the beginning, the gateway…. Read more

November 15, 2019

Catacomb of Priscilla, Rome, c. 200-400 Today I listened to Rev. John MacArthur double down on his comments about Beth Moore and women in the church. I listened to nearly 75 minutes of doubling down. He discussed all the big “women’s roles” texts: 1 Corinthians 14, 1 Corinthians 11, Genesis 3, Titus 2, 1 Timothy 2. His remarks covered everything from women preaching and teaching to the named women in the Old Testament (Miriam’s prophetic role was, after all, really… Read more

November 12, 2019

It seems to me at this stage of my life that one of the harder parts of maturing in faith is coming to grips with the fact that all of scripture, all of our experience in Christ, all the core beliefs and convictions of the Christian gospel, all the ancient writings and great teachings and profound ideas of all the saints—all of this put together is still not enough to answer some of the profoundly difficult questions we face. I… Read more

October 13, 2019

“Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it.” This line from Reinhold Niebuhr’s famous Serenity Prayer keeps goading me. It compels me to face with honesty, and challenges my smugness in, my refusal to accept this world as it is, my absolute rejection of “as it is” and my insistence on “as I would have it.” Sometimes my refusals and rejections are quite righteous, honestly. A couple at our church loses a… Read more

October 6, 2019

Today I offer you this guest entry, with thanks for permission to post. I have added an image that seems appropriate.   To the reader who is suffering, I have become increasingly aware of you. Some years ago I lost a beloved, and I was told how the experience would make me more compassionate. It did not. I cared nothing for the pain of others—only for my own. I’m older now, and more experienced in the ways of suffering. I… Read more

September 17, 2019

As I work my way through Exodus again, I come to this verse: “Keep far from a false charge, and do not kill the innocent and righteous, for I will not acquit the wicked” (23.7). It’s only a small example of what runs rampant through the Torah–commandments and consequences. God warns his people about serious offenses, and spells out the inevitable results of bad choices. And I think to myself, well, this is the problem right here. Fair warning from God, but… Read more

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