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 +
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 +