Reflections on the Cross…

Reflections on the Cross…

This past Good Friday, in lieu of doing a traditional sermon, I wrote a monologue from the point of view of Mary, mother of Jesus, reflecting on the cross. Here is the monologue. I just can’t believe any of it. I feel numb, utterly numb. I’ve never even felt this way...

Preparing for Easter

In preparation for Easter, many people mark the season of Lent by giving something up, focusing on something spiritual, or simplifying their lives. Several people have contacted me recently about why there have not been new posts. Throughout most of Lent, I have not...
God Provides

God Provides

Read the Book of Ruth (it’s very short!) The book of Ruth is something you have probably heard quoted at a wedding or two, “Where you go I will go. And where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people, and your God my God.” It’s a beautiful line of deep...
Human Authority Fallible

Human Authority Fallible

Read Judges 2 If there were to be a news headline for the book of Judges, perhaps it would read, “Human Authority Fallible.” Over the past twenty years, headlines have indicted many a religious leader for sexual misconduct, power plays, and greed. But none of this is...
A Promise Fulfilled…

A Promise Fulfilled…

Read Joshua 4:1-7 The book of Joshua is one of the most difficult books to swallow for some. It is a graphic tale of war, trial, tribulation, and conquering. It is a tale many a pastor has struggled to preach, or worse, has preached as a means to justify colonization,...
Lest We Forget…

Lest We Forget…

Read Deuteronomy 6 History repeats itself…In the book of Genesis, the story of beginnings, family systems replicated questionable actions generation after generation (think, “She’s my sister, not my wife!”). In the book of Exodus, the Israelites wandered in the...
God of Order…Not Chaos

God of Order…Not Chaos

Read the book of Numbers The book of Numbers is full of oddly specific instructions on everything from offerings, to census data, to celebrations, to inheritance rights for women. There are stories and dialogues dispersed throughout as well, but most of it is data....
Giving God Our Best

Giving God Our Best

Leviticus 2:1-2 As Christians, we sometimes discount all of the very specific rules in the book of Leviticus and Deuteronomy because we no longer practice them in the same way. But they are not a moot point. Jesus says that he did not come to abolish the law, but to...
Love First

Love First

(Exodus) Exodus 6:6-8 If when you hear the word, “Exodus,” you picture Charlton Heston in a shepherd’s robe bearing two stone tablets, you are not alone. But that is also far from the whole story. If you are younger, you may envision the cartoon Prince of Egypt movie...
In The Beginning…There Was Purpose

In The Beginning…There Was Purpose

Read Genesis 1:26-2:3 Think about the most beautiful thing you have encountered recently—your children laughing, an exquisite piece of artwork, a breathtaking sunrise, a song that moves you to tears. It is difficult to think about beauty without considering purpose....