Jun 13, 2014

Established in God

Psalm 108:1-13
When I was in college and graduate school, I lived near Boston, Massachusetts. One of my favorite leisure time pursuits was to walk the streets of Boston, often passing by buildings and businesses that had been there for over two centuries. From the perspective of one who had grown up...Read more +
Jun 12, 2014

Fruitful Living, Part 3

Ephesians 5:8-10
According to Ephesians 5:9, "the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth." In yesterday's reflection , we saw that God is good, righteous, and true. Thus, we are called to be like God. When we allow God, who is light, to fill us, we will bear...Read more +
Jun 11, 2014

Fruitful Living, Part 2

Ephesians 5:8-10
I began yesterday's reflection with a simple confession: I want to live a fruitful life. I suggested that you want to do the same. As we examined Ephesians 5:8-10, we saw that fruitful living comes because we are "light in the Lord" (5:8). The more God enlightens us, the more...Read more +
Jun 10, 2014

Fruitful Living, Part 1

Ephesians 5:8-10
I want to live a fruitful life. I want my life to matter, to make a difference in people's lives and in our world. I expect this is true for you, also. Though we can exhaust ourselves in our daily routines without thinking about why we do what we do,...Read more +
Jun 9, 2014

The Christmas Eve Disco Ball

Ephesians 5:8
Last Thursday , I used the illustration of a lighthouse with its many prisms to help explain how you and I can be light in the world. We transmit the self-generating light of Jesus, much as prisms capture the brilliance of a bulb in a lighthouse, projecting its glow far...Read more +
Jun 8, 2014

Compassion Fatigue

Psalm 34:8
We’re on the beach, waves thundering, breeze playful, sand beneath our bare skin. I lay my head against her lap, close my eyes. I let go. I let go of the tension in my shoulders, the to-do list waiting at home, the emails and phone calls. My lips are salty...Read more +
Jun 7, 2014

If God Never Does Another Thing for Me

Matthew 25:31-46
For many years, my only experience with jail was as a token on the corner of the Monopoly board. Sometimes I’d make it through the whole game without ever going to jail. Other times out of necessity, I’d pray for a roll of doubles or a “Get Out of Jail”...Read more +
Jun 6, 2014

Say So!

Psalm 107:1-43
During the past several summers, I've had the privilege of being part of the leadership team of Laity Lodge Youth Camp , a sister program to The High Calling and Laity Lodge . At two marvelous camps in the Texas Hill Country, we welcome hundreds of kids who have more...Read more +
Jun 5, 2014

How Can You Be Light in the World?

Ephesians 5:8
I want to spend a little more time considering what it means for you and me to be the light of the world. Jesus was the first to make such a startling claim about us (Matt. 5:14). It is reiterated in Ephesians 5:8, where we read, "For once you were...Read more +
Jun 4, 2014

Woven Into God's Story of Darkness...

Ephesians 5:8
In yesterday's reflection , we saw how the imagery of darkness and light reflects Old Testament themes, beginning with creation and continuing through the prophet Isaiah. According to the prophet, those who walk in darkness will one day see the light as the Lord himself shines upon them. This theme...Read more +