LECTIONARY REFLECTION | 18th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST 2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c This week we'll board a plane and take the kids to Disney World - the Magic Kingdom where all your dreams can come true with a little waving of the wand (and a lot of cash in your pocket)! If only "wishing upon a … Continue reading Magic Wand Spirituality
LECTIONARY REFLECTION | 17th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST LUKE 17:5-10 One of the hardest things to keep in balance is the fact that Jesus Christ is both "lover of our soul" and "Lord of the universe." He's beloved friend and coming King. One moment he is wooing us with his tender compassion and the next he … Continue reading Genies & Masters
This Psalm 119 mountain trek leads us not ultimately to some arrogant moral high ground from which to thumb our nose at the sinners down below. The Psalm is a celebration of the perfect revelation of God's Law, and if we'll follow it all the way up, we'll find ourselves standing at the pinnacle of all human existence, at the place where "grace and truth" shine brightly from the radiant glow of the face of Jesus Christ.
I have been deeply influenced by Dietrich Bonhoeffer and have sweet memories of reading his 'Cost of the Discipleship' book for the first time in college. I have his portrait framed and hanging above my desk -- he watches over me as I write this (along with other formative influences). To underscore my admiration, I lobbied hard … Continue reading Bonhoeffer & the Cost of Discipleship
We don’t think attaining “the blessed life” has any correlation with faithful obedience and diligent devotion! If Jesus was obedient for us, then we can lazily float away our days on a inflatable lounger in the pool of cheap grace.
A friend in ministry just texted me a light and fluffy Friday afternoon question: "I'm laying out a vision for Discipleship with my people on Monday. What are 3 awesome things about being a disciple? What are 3 awesome things about making disciples?" He might as well have asked me to sum up the mystery … Continue reading Aching & Yearning for the Kingdom