Jul 1, 2014

Wake Up, Sleeper!

Ephesians 5:11-14
I can't read Ephesians 5:14 without hearing echoes of my father standing at the foot of the stairs exhorting me to get out of bed. I don't think my dad ever quoted this verse, but he certainly might have done so. When I was a teenager, needing ample sleep I...Read more +
Jun 30, 2014

The Goal of Exposing the Darkness

Ephesians 5:11-14
In last week's reflections, we considered the question: How should we expose the deeds of darkness? Our answer for this question came from the lips of Jesus himself, who said, "You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light...Read more +
Jun 29, 2014

Stories Beside Quiet Water

Psalm 23: 1-3b
It has been a long and sometimes frustrating week at work. I stand thigh deep in the waters of my favorite river, feeling the current tugging on my legs—not so swiftly as to be dangerous, but enough to let me know I am in the water. It is a soothing...Read more +
Jun 28, 2014

A Lack Of Abundance Is Not The Same As...

Matthew 6:34
Scarcity surrounds us. Many people around the world do not have enough. Enough food, water, shelter, love, peace, comfort, material goods, natural resources, or job opportunities. Economies are struggling, families struggle with financial stress, wars and conflicts abound, and far too many children go to bed hungry. Some would argue...Read more +
Jun 27, 2014

The Mystery of Melchizedek

Psalm 110:1-7
In Psalm 110, the LORD (in capital letters, meaning Yahweh, the LORD God) speaks to the Lord (the human king of Israel); (110:1). God honors the king, extends his kingdom, and renews his strength (110:2-3). Then the LORD says a most curious thing to the king: “You are a priest...Read more +
Jun 26, 2014

How Should We Expose the Deeds of Darkness...

Ephesians 5:11-14
In yesterday's reflection , I suggested that we are to "expose" the "fruitless deeds of darkness" not by denouncing them so much as by letting the light of God shine in our own lives (5:11). As we live and speak with "goodness, righteousness and truth," those who live in darkness...Read more +
Jun 25, 2014

How Should We Expose the Deeds of Darkness...

Ephesians 5:11-14
In yesterday's reflection , we saw that Ephesians 5:11 tells us to avoid partnership with "the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them." These deeds of darkness are primarily those done by people who live outside of the light of Christ, people whom Ephesians calls "Gentiles." Once we were...Read more +
Jun 24, 2014

How Should We Expose the Deeds of Darkness...

Ephesians 5:11-14
As we saw in yesterday's reflection , Ephesians 5:11 does not urge us to remove ourselves completely from "the fruitless deeds of darkness" and those who do them. Rather, it teaches us not to participate in these deeds or to become partners in wrongdoing. In fact, we are to have...Read more +
Jun 23, 2014

Should I Treat the World Like Someone...

Ephesians 5:11-14
As Christians, we are "light in the Lord" and "children of light" (5:8). Yet we continue to live in a world of darkness, a world dominated by sin and "the powers of this dark world" (6:12; see also 2:1-3). What does it mean for us to be light in a...Read more +
Jun 22, 2014

Four Verbs that Combat Scarcity

Mark 8:6-9
Four verbs: take, bless/thank, break, and give. The four gospels use these combination of verbs in some very specific places in scripture. The feeding of the thousands, Jesus’ final Passover meal, and the Emmaus Road meal. These four verbs demonstrate for us how God’s economy works. Jesus will only ever...Read more +