Mar 23, 2014

The New Religious Pantheon

Acts 14
I like the stories of the ancient Greek pantheon of gods. The Greeks developed elaborate stories, created temples, paid homage, and sacrificed to these gods who were usually all too human with their problems of lust, envy, jealousy, and revenge. Today we don’t put much stock in ancient myths. Instead,...Read more +
Mar 22, 2014

How Art Helps Me to Be Still

Psalm 46
Being still has never come easily to me, and I know I’m not alone. Whenever I ask friends how they are doing, the answer is inevitably some variation of, “I’m so busy!” Busy with work, busy with family, busy with looking for work, busy looking for the spouse with whom...Read more +
Mar 21, 2014

Is It Always Wrong to Hate?

Psalm 97:1-12
When I was young, my parents taught me that it is wrong to hate. In fact, I was prohibited from using the word "hate." If I said, "I hate peas" or "I hate Chester," I'd be sure to receive a word of rebuke from my mom or dad. Hating was...Read more +
Mar 20, 2014

Why Work? Because You Help Others

Ephesians 4:28
Hard Work, Good Work: Part 6 Why should you work? In the last couple of reflections, you've seen two answers emerge from Ephesians 4:28. First, you should work because you're made for it . God created humankind—including you—to work. Your hands, as well as the rest of your body, are...Read more +
Mar 19, 2014

Why Work? Because You Can Do Good

Ephesians 4:28
Hard Work, Good Work: Part 5 Why should you work? Beyond obvious answers like "To earn money so I can eat," there are deeper biblical reasons why you and I should work. In yesterday's reflection , we saw that we were created by God for work. We should work because...Read more +
Mar 18, 2014

Why Work? Because You're Made for It

Ephesians 4:28
Hard Work, Good Work: Part 4 In last week's reflections, we saw that Ephesians 4:28 urges us not just to work, but also to work hard . This does not mean, however, that we should work all the time. We need to learn how to work hard, rest regularly, and...Read more +
Mar 17, 2014

In Honor of St. Patrick

Genesis 50:14-23
Today is St. Patrick’s Day. Most people think of this day as a time for wearing green and that’s about it (unless you’re Irish!). St. Patrick gets relatively little attention on his day, so I thought I might offer a few thoughts in his honor, including a prayer that is...Read more +
Mar 16, 2014

Mud, Spit, and a Pile of River Rocks

John 9:6,7
When Jesus disturbed and penetrated the sand to heal the man born blind, he disturbed and penetrated the hearts of many who watched in wonder at his curious display. No doubt some who witnessed this event scratched their heads in confusion at the carpenter from Nazareth’s odd choice. “I don’t...Read more +
Mar 15, 2014

The Secret to Increasing Your Capacity

Mark 1
In the middle of primetime, I sink into the couch, feet propped up on the coffee table, legs forming a desk for my laptop. While proofing a piece of writing, the background music of The Voice fills the living room. I’m attempting to be present with my family while I...Read more +
Mar 14, 2014

The Biblical Imperative We Love to Ignore

Psalm 96:1-13
Psalm 96 begins with a simple imperative: “Sing a new song to the LORD!” If you look up all of the Hebrew words that underlie this command, you find that they really mean “Sing a new song to the LORD!” Fine. But here’s the problem: We don’t like to sing...Read more +