LECTIONARY REFLECTION | Acts 16:9-15; John 14:23-29; 5:1-9 Most of us have seen Warren Sallman’s famous painting Christ at Heart’s Door based on Revelation 3:20 where Jesus says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock.” Jesus glows with the light of fresh hope while the dark thorns and thistles of sin threaten to overtake … Continue reading Are You Open?
FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER| Acts 9:36-43 Spring time in the upper midwest brings many good things back from the icy clutches of winter—including garage sales. As I was making my first couple stops of the season this week, I began to construct a kind of “Theology of Garage Sales.” I thought: What if the things … Continue reading Garage Sale Theology
In this series I'm sharing some of the Scriptures that have most radically influenced my own life and faith. Read full series here. I love the moment in The Lord of the Rings when Samwise turns to Frodo and asks, "I wonder what kind of a tale we've fallen into?" The two hobbits perceptively realized that their … Continue reading LIFE VERSES 9: Acts 17:17
If you read the Book of Acts carefully, you'll discover it isn't really about Paul's (or Peter's) journey to Rome. Its a travelogue of the gospel message about Jesus! Its all about the movement of the Word from Jerusalem to Caesar's Palace. Its the long and winding road the Wisdom of the Ages traversed to get from the backwater of the Palestinian foothills into the heart of the ancient world's power-brokers and influencers. Today, we still need that Word to travel!
I've been reflecting again on the community life of the first Christians described in Acts 2:42-47. We now stand 2,000 years removed from this first glimpse into the radical social experiment called 'church', and we marvel at the quality of their koinonia, or life together. I wonder what Christians 2,000 years in the future (if … Continue reading Acts 2:42-47 Rewritten for Today
I remember it was early spring and unseasonably warm. It was just after Passover. I can still smell the warm, salted breeze coming off the Aegean sea, and hear the squalk of seagulls circling above. We stood on the hill overlooking the harbor and waited for the ship to appear on the horizon. The ship … Continue reading The Lucky Tale of Eutychus