Mar 13, 2014

Is It Ever Wrong to Work Hard?

Ephesians 4:28
Hard Work, Good Work: Part 3 In yesterday's reflection , I pointed out that the Greek verb translated in Ephesians 4:28 as "must work" is not neutral. It actually means "become weary, become tired, exert oneself, work hard, toil, struggle." In other words, thieves, and by implication, all of us,...Read more +
Mar 12, 2014

Working Hard, Hardly Working

Ephesians 4:28
Hard Work, Good Work: Part 2 Years ago, my wife and I lived next door to her father. Because he was retired, he spent quite a bit of time working in his yard. When I saw him doing something like mowing the lawn, I'd shout over the fence, "How's it...Read more +
Mar 11, 2014

Reflecting on Work

Ephesians 4:28
Hard Work, Good Work: Part 1 You probably know that the Daily Reflections are a central part of a digital media program known as The High Calling , which is sponsored by the H. E. Butt Foundation (aka Foundations for Laity Renewal ). The High Calling includes a website ,...Read more +
Mar 10, 2014

Why Is Smoldering Anger a Problem?

Ephesians 4:26-27
The What, How, and Why of Anger: Part 6 Ephesians urges us not to sin when we are angry and not to let our anger smolder away without finding healthy ways to deal with it. Why? Why is anger such a problem? Why should we work to resolve our feelings...Read more +
Mar 9, 2014

How Rest Informs Your Work

Psalm 127
We have a pet in our garage, but no one knows about it except me. Well, maybe I let my husband in on the secret. On the first night of frost, a small lizard snuck into the garage with my potted plants. Surrounded by garden shovels, Christmas boxes awaiting return...Read more +
Mar 8, 2014

The Melding of Joy and Grief

Joshua 1
Peals of laughter and a chorus of squeals drifted from the living room into the kitchen, where I stood with my hands in a sink full of dirty dishes. Heaviness rested on my chest like an x-ray apron as I methodically rinsed each plate and bent to place it in...Read more +
Mar 7, 2014

Where Worship Leads

Psalm 95:1-11
Where does worship lead? When we gather together as the people of God to offer praise, thanks, and worship to our Lord, where does this take us? What happens in us and to us because we worship? If you were to ask these questions of a hundred different Christians, I...Read more +
Mar 6, 2014

A Lenten Invitation to Draw Near to God

Hebrews 4:12-16
Growing up in a Protestant family and a secular culture, I thought of Lent as an unfortunate burden for my Roman Catholic friends. The only time I ever used the word “Lent” was in a joke. If, while playing football with my friends, I kept dropping the ball, I might...Read more +
Mar 5, 2014

A Reflection for Ash Wednesday

Genesis 3:1-24
Today is Ash Wednesday, a day many Christians set aside as a special day. It is a day to remember our humanness and mortality. It is a day to begin the season of Lent, a time for reflection, penitence, and preparation for Easter. Some Christians do not recognize Ash Wednesday...Read more +
Mar 4, 2014

Getting Help When You're Angry

Ephesians 4:26-27
The What, How, and Why of Anger: Part 5 In yesterday's reflection , I suggested that the "get your anger out on the table right away" approach is not required by Ephesians 4:26. Yes, we are not to let the sun go down on our wrath in a metaphorical sense...Read more +