May 11, 2014

When Anxiety Strikes

Matthew 11:28
I didn't know what to do. My heart was beating faster than I could catch my breath. I laid for hours on my bed, sleepless. If I dozed, my body got jolted awake by a pounding heart and a lump in my throat I couldn't swallow down. At the cusp...Read more +
May 10, 2014

Don’t Deny the Whole Grand Story

Matthew 26:34-35
Although I have heard the story of Easter every single year I have been alive, the grace of God still seems so mysterious in its sacrifice and unconditional reach. But, in all the curiosity of the cross, sometimes I forget to talk to others about the power of the resurrection...Read more +
May 9, 2014

Bless the Lord, O My Soul

Psalm 103:1-22
I cannot read Psalm 103 without thinking of Bill Cody. Bill was the Director of Laity Lodge , the retreat center associated with The High Calling , from 1965 through 1979. As you may recall, I was a director of Laity Lodge from 2007 through 2011. Bill Cody left a...Read more +
May 8, 2014

And That Goes for Cussin' Too

Ephesians 5:3-4
As we saw in yesterday's reflection , Ephesians 5:3 insists that sexuality immorality must not even be named among God's holy people. We who have been set apart by God for relationship with him and for participation in his work must avoid sexual activity that is contrary to God's intentions...Read more +
May 7, 2014

Don't Even THINK of Parking Here!

Ephesians 5:1-3
One of my favorite traffic signs appears in particularly busy sections of New York City. It reads: "Don't Even THINK of Parking Here." Not only does such a sign dissuade one from parking in the wrong spot, but also it proves that the New York City Department of Transportation has...Read more +
May 6, 2014

Love and Sex in Light of the Cross

Ephesians 5:1-3
In yesterday's reflection , I noted that the transition in Ephesians 5:1-3 from love in the cross of Christ to the prohibition of sexual immorality can seem like thematic whiplash. What connection can there be between God's love, seen supremely in Christ's death on the cross, and sexual activity? I...Read more +
May 5, 2014

Why Are Christians So Preoccupied With Sex?

Ephesians 5:1-3
The transition from Ephesians 5:2 to Ephesians 5:3 can feel like whiplash. One moment, we're asked to imitate God's love, remembering Christ's sacrifice that shows us what love is all about. The next moment, we're confronted by a call to avoid sexual immorality. The Greek original accentuates the whiplash because...Read more +
May 4, 2014

Not Ashamed

Romans 1:14-17
In the 90s, I found myself participating in something called, “See You at The Pole,” an endeavor that empowers students to stand up for their faith at school and pray around the flagpole before the morning bell rings. Unfortunately, there were not many students around the pole that cold Seattle...Read more +
May 3, 2014

Performance vs. Potential: Open Hands

James 1
Not too long ago, I stood in my kitchen with four small faces gazing up at me, waiting for me to give them instruction and guidance, and I knew in my bones: I can’t do this. That was not the first time those words had crossed my mind or pierced...Read more +
May 2, 2014

Lonely as a Solitary Bird on the Roof

Psalm 102:1-28
The heading of Psalm 102 identifies this psalm as “A prayer of one overwhelmed with trouble, pouring out problems before the LORD”. The text of this psalm is, indeed, the outpouring of a desperate heart. The unnamed psalmist begins by asking the Lord to hear his prayer (102:1-2). Then he...Read more +