It is a procession that’s been on the road ever since Jesus’ resurrection.
Learning the Language
In his book Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God, Tim Keller amplifies a point made by Eugene Peterson, …our prayers should arise out of immersion in the Scripture. We should “plunge ourselves into the sea” of God’s language, the Bible. We should listen, study, think, reflect, and ponder the Scriptures until there is an…
All Outta Context
Last Sunday many churches heard Luke’s report of Jesus’ appearance on the first night after he rose from the dead. Jesus was, indeed, revealed in breaking bread. But he criticized and lectured those he greeted before they got to the table. The picture above is a redacted version of a meme posted by a preacher…
Daily Bible reading crashed into my news feeds today. So I’ll throw the mess at you and see what sticks. Here’s Steven Greenhut’s piece from “Tax Day“: It’s mind-boggling to think about how little we actually get for all that cash, especially here in California where the state government measures success by how much money…
I read Numbers 17 this morning. It’s short – go read it. What struck me was God’s purpose for Aaron’s staff: And the Lord said to Moses, “Put back the staff of Aaron before the testimony, to be kept as a sign for the rebels, that you may make an end of their grumblings against me, lest they die.” Lest.…
Why Not Both/And?
“And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled…
“The Lazarus Narrative”
On the Fifth Sunday in Lent, many Christians will hear the report of Jesus raising Lazarus from the grave. It is recorded in Chapter 11 of the Gospel of John, linked here rather than paste here a long text over which you’ll likely skip and skim. …Did you read or play it? You really should.…
In Him We Might
Last night I prayed Psalm 106, which included Remember me, O LORD, according to the favor that you show to your people; O visit me with your salvation, That I may see the felicity of your chosen, and rejoice in the gladness of your people, and give thanks with your inheritance.(verses 4-5) After almost four…
You Need a Hero?
Ah, those golden days of Euro-made Steve Reeves Hercules flicks. Got to thinking about heroes the other night. I caught an episode of Law & Order, something I do less and less because the show’s become preachy about “issues.” But I still have a soft spot for it and record the episodes so I can…
I Feel the Light Again
When last I blogged, I described my winter sun feeling. Actually, the lack of feeling as the very bright day star was all-kinds-of-seen but not-at-all felt through the frigid air. I likened my spiritual state to that; aware of God’s reality but not feeling his presence. During the last week of Advent, God graced me…