I have held to what I call a “theology of place.” I minister in a physical place. I don’t minister in theory. I try to minister in reality. That has to do with where I am. Continue reading “The theology of place”
“Everyone more or less believes in God or gods. But most of us do our best to keep God on the margins of our lives, or, failing that, we refashion God to suit our convenience. Continue reading “The need for prophets”
Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness. (Ps. 29:1-2) Continue reading “Finding Beauty”
To pray is to first listen. Prayer is about giving attention.
Eugene Peterson notes in As Kingfishers Catch Fire that there are five books of Psalms and each book has a concluding thought. Five books in one. Five conclusions.
We realize our Hebrew ancestors wisely arranged this book of prayers to protect us from presumptuous prayer. Presumptuous prayer speaks to God without first listening to him. Presumptuous prayers obsessively, anxiously, or pretentiously multiply human words to God with, at best, a distracted, indifferent, or fitful interest in God’s words to us. But God speaks to us before we speak to him. If we pray without first listening, we pray out of context. — Eugene Peterson
We are called to love our neighbors as ourselves. Our biggest question then becomes, “Well, what do you mean by ‘love’?” Continue reading “The impossible task of defining “love””
“When we hear the word miracle, we must not imagine fireworks and drum rolls and trumpet blasts and then, presto, a piece of heavenly magic that sends us reeling. That is fun but it is not gospel.” — Eugene Peterson, When Kingfishers Catch Fire Continue reading “The fireworks of salvation”
In the work of creation, God came to a place of hallowing (making holy) a day. A day to pay attention to what God is doing. Continue reading “Watching God continually create”
“As the years passed, I found I rather liked having an enemy. It sharpened my sense of identity.” — Eugene Peterson, As Kingfishers Catch Fire Continue reading “We like having enemies”
Psalm 134 is a call to bless the Lord. It is a reminder of WHY we have gathered together. Continue reading “The reason we gather as the church”
“God gets down on his knees among us, gets on our level and shares himself with us…. Continue reading “The God who stoops”