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March 19, 2013

“For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith.  If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void.” (Romans 4:13-14, emphasis added)

I am...

March 18, 2013

I grew up in a non-denominational church where anything liturgical was considered insincere. Instead of exchanging the peace, we were instructed to introduce ourselves to our neighbor and share some inane personal fact, like a favorite color or sports team. It was more like being on a corporate...

March 17, 2013

“I press on towards the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14)

As a teenager I read Paul’s call to “press on” as a call for personal ambition and drive, that oneness with Christ could somehow be achieved by pressing forward, by pushing with...

March 16, 2013

In our gospel reading for today, we hear Jesus make an invitation:

Drink of the living waters. Never again experience thirst.

Surely this is intriguing, but is this what we truly desire? We are a thirsty people – desiring to overcome, to improve, to gain, to achieve, to grow. Who...

March 15, 2013

Lent is a serious time in the church year, but it is also a beautiful time. This season of reflection on death and sin prepares us for the Easter season of celebrating the resurrecting power of God's love. I have spent way too much time living like Lent is the end of the story.

If...

March 14, 2013

I cannot read this passage from Exodus without thinking of Mooby the Cow, a fictional and Mickey Mouse-like pop culture icon in the hilariously appalling (as in, seriously offensive) 1999 film Dogma, starring Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Affleck and Damon play fallen angels meting out the...

March 13, 2013

 





 

After graduating from college, I spent a year working in Malawi. I didn’t make much money and resources were scarce, so my life became significantly simpler – fewer clothes, hardly any furniture, not much variety in food I ate. I didn’t realize just how deeply...

March 12, 2013

Prophets are intended to be truth-tellers of the most serious kind – the truth that could save or kill, hurt or heal, engender love or hate. Some of what they learn can drive them crazy. Some of what they say can get them killed. At first blush, prophets are the first people to spot a trend, a...

March 11, 2013

I grew up in the buckle of the Bible Belt. The first time I heard about the gift of prophecy was in 1999. I was in the fifth grade, and my neighbors up the street were building a bunker for the apocalypse. The end was near, and we needed to get ready!  

I remember bracing myself as we...

March 10, 2013

The gift of prophecy is one that, I admit, I’ve always longed to possess. There’s something about urging Christians to be the people Christ calls us to be, the people we vow to be, that lights a spark within me. I yearn to be a prophet, but then fear consumes me as I remember how prophets...

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