Apr 14, 2014

The Second Word

Luke 23:35-43
The Seven Last Words of Christ for Holy Week As Jesus hung on the cross, he was mocked by the religious leaders and the Roman soldiers. One of the criminals being crucified with him added his own measure of scorn. But the other crucified criminal sensed that Jesus was being...Read more +
Apr 13, 2014

The First Word

Luke 23:1-34
The Seven Last Words of Christ for Holy Week Today is Palm Sunday, the beginning of our Holy Week journey to the cross of Christ, and through the cross to the resurrection on Easter morning. Beginning today and continuing throughout the week, I'd like to focus my reflections on the...Read more +
Apr 12, 2014

The Sacrament of Wonder

Psalm 111
I’ve always loved butterflies. During difficult life seasons, God has used them—and their inherent symbolism of resurrection and new life—to encourage, comfort and teach me. Recently, a friend shared a Radiolab program with me, in which the hosts talked about a butterfly truth I’d never heard: the fact that in...Read more +
Apr 11, 2014

Shout to the Lord?!

Psalm 100:1-5
I can still remember Mrs. Merrill calling the first-graders to worship in the Sunday School of Hollywood Presbyterian Church. Quoting from the King James version of prophet Habakkuk, Mrs. Merrill would say, “The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him.” That meant, in...Read more +
Apr 10, 2014

Why Forgive Someone Who Wronged You? Part 2

Ephesians 4:31-32
In yesterday's reflection on Ephesians 4:32 , we saw that we are to forgive others, not only in obedience to Scripture, but also because forgiveness is an expression of kindness and compassion. Yet this is not the only rationale for forgiveness in verse 32. This verse says, "Be kind and...Read more +
Apr 9, 2014

Why Forgive Someone Who Wronged You? Part 1

Ephesians 4:31-32
Have you ever wondered why you should forgive someone who wronged you? I expect you have. I know I have. To be sure, at times, when an offense is minor, I don't worry about why I should forgive. I just do it. But at other times, when someone has deeply...Read more +
Apr 8, 2014

Try a Little Kindness

Ephesians 4:31-32
In 1969, country singer Glen Campbell released a hit single called "Try a Little Kindness." The catchy chorus urged, "You've got to try a little kindness, yes show a little kindness, Yes shine your light for everyone to see. And if you'll try a little kindness and you'll overlook the...Read more +
Apr 7, 2014

Invitation to a Modest Moral Inventory,...

Ephesians 4:31-32
Last Thursday , we began what I've called a "modest moral inventory" based on Ephesians 4:31-32. The first verse of this passage mentions several attitudes or behaviors that we need to get rid of as new people in Christ. I suggested that you might use this short list of negatives...Read more +
Apr 6, 2014

Stewardship of Place

Psalm 37
In the late 1800s, an ancestor of mine traded a horse and saddle for 2,100 acres of land in the Texas panhandle. Over time, some of his heirs sold their portions of the inheritance, but my grandmother kept hers. Today, my parents still live on Hay Creek Ranch—the place I...Read more +
Apr 5, 2014

From Mediocrity to Maturity

Ephesians 4:1-16
Living beyond mediocrity is rooted in our identity in Christ. It also involves bringing our very best to our homes, our workplaces, our churches, and our communities. Bringing our very best to every life circumstance necessitates that we try our best at what we do. I don’t just mean trying...Read more +