Uninspiring Daily Verses

LECTIONARY REFLECTION | PROPER 20 | Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 We are really good at cherry-picking inspirational Bible verses, yanking them out of context, and printing them on t-shirts and those inspiring "Daily Verse Calendars." While I'm all for a daily pick-me-up, this tendency also has a downside to consider. The Hallmark inspirational calendar can subtly give us … Continue reading Uninspiring Daily Verses

Look and Live

LECTIONARY REFLECTION | HOLY CROSS | SEPTEMBER 14, 2019 John 3:13-17 I have recently been emphasizing that much Christian teaching and practice today focuses on "right doing," while other Christian teaching and practice (e.g., Contemplative tradition) throughout the centuries has emphasized the importance of spiritual "seeing" or illumination or vision. I have been re-reading John's … Continue reading Look and Live

Childhood Wounds

LECTIONARY REFLECTION | Luke 13:10-17; Psalm 71:1-6 "Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, … Continue reading Childhood Wounds

Treasures New & Old

ISAIAH 5:1-7; PS. 80:1-2, 8-19; HEB 11:37-12:1 “They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground…Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is … Continue reading Treasures New & Old

Jesus-Shaped Prayer (Mike Fox)

LECTIONARY REFLECTION| LUKE 11:1-13 NEWS FLASH!  JESUS WAS NOT A CHRISTIAN!  Most people, Christians and non-Christians alike, recognize that Jesus Christ is the center of the Christian faith.  Even the name of our religion – CHRISTianity – reflects the importance of Jesus Christ to us.  Christians, as a group, tend to forget that Jesus was a … Continue reading Jesus-Shaped Prayer (Mike Fox)