Jul 13, 2014

God Has No Favorites

Colossians 3:1-17
It’s a little hard to talk about Colossians 3 without stepping into hot water. We have a checkered past when it comes to Biblical passages about slavery, to say the least. It seems downright unethical to touch on this chapter without mourning how it’s been misused to defend exploitative practices,...Read more +
Jul 12, 2014

Minimizing Risk to Maximize Comfort

Luke 9:1-6
I was a Girl Scout during my younger years. I learned a great deal through my experiences with scouting. One key lesson I learned was to always be prepared. Being prepared and accurately calculating risks are two abilities that are highly valued in our culture. Minimizing risk in order to...Read more +
Jul 11, 2014

The Transfiguration

Mark 9:2-13
Truly, the story of the Transfiguration of Jesus is one of the strangest in the Gospel of Mark. The basic facts are clear enough. Jesus took Peter, James, and John up on a mountain, where Jesus’ appearance changed as he became “dazzling white” (9:3). “Then Elijah and Moses appeared and...Read more +
Jul 10, 2014

The Power of God’s Kingdom

Mark 9:1
Mark 9:1 is one of the more puzzling statements of Jesus. He said that some of those “standing here right now” would not die “before they see the Kingdom of God arrive in great power.” When I was in graduate school, I was taught that Jesus was referring to what...Read more +
Jul 9, 2014

Taking Up Our Cross

Mark 8:27-38
An Introductory Note from Mark: If you’ve recently joined the growing group of those who receive these Daily Reflections, I’d first like to welcome you. I’m honored that you’ve chosen to allow me to help you grow in your relationship with God through daily reflection on his Word. During the...Read more +
Jul 8, 2014

An Invitation to Knowing Jesus Better

Mark 8:27-33
About ten months ago, I shared a Daily Reflection with the title: " Jesus the Confusing Messiah ." I talked about how Peter, one of Jesus' most intimate friends and followers, rightly confessed that Jesus was the messiah, but then promptly messed up the meaning of his messiahship. In fact,...Read more +
Jul 7, 2014

Scrutinize Closely How You Are Living

Ephesians 5:15-16
When I was in high school, I became enthralled by a statement attributed to the Greek philosopher Socrates. In the Apology , written by Plato, Socrates said, "The unexamined life is not worth living" (38a). In context, this statement formed part of Socrates' unsuccessful attempt to defend himself from the...Read more +
Jul 6, 2014

The Price of Risk and Reward

Matthew 4:18-22
As a wide-eyed 20-year-old new believer, I was ready to conquer the world. I was also a young woman on the verge of becoming a young professional. Because of this, during a conference I attended, I listened attentively to Luci Swindoll, an incredibly wise Christian woman. Luci’s resume is noteworthy...Read more +
Jul 5, 2014

When Loneliness Is Good

Luke 5:16
I work in one of the upper floors of a very large building. I was told the year it was built, it was the largest building project in the state of Vermont. It is big enough to be easily spotted from the window of a passenger jet when I am...Read more +
Jul 4, 2014

Have You Prayed for Any Kings Lately?

1 Timothy 2:1-2
1 Timothy 2:2 is one of the most regularly disobeyed verses in the Bible, and maybe that isn't too bad. Now, before you cancel your subscription to the Daily Reflections and cast me out as a heretic, please let me explain. 1 Timothy 2:1 calls us to pray for all...Read more +