Re-evaluating “Living in Babylon”

Over the past week I have been trying to slow down my thoughts and put into motion what I needed to have written 3-4 years ago. It’s been a vision and word that has been urgent, but I’ve been timid. I preached on it and was ignored. That happens all the time anyway, so I went on. Yet, my own spirit knew this was not something to just set aside. It was something that needed prayer and writing and warning.

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The watchman on the wall

I am reading back through Ezekiel these days, asking the Lord about “imagination.”

As I read through the early part of Ezekiel again, I am struck by Ezekiel’s call. I also think of Jeremiah’s call. They were to warn clearly regardless of the response. If they didn’t give the warning, God would hold them (the prophets) accountable. In an era where church leaders are consumed with response, this is just offensive.  Continue reading “The watchman on the wall”

What do you think you’re doing?

Through Holy Week I have been meditating daily on Scripture through the Book of Common Prayer. There will be some psalms every day, an Old Testament reading, a New Testament reading, and a Gospel reading.

Today, the reading from Jeremiah 17 exploded into my foggy brain.  Continue reading “What do you think you’re doing?”

Believing in hell

There are days I want to believe in a hotter hell for those who perform such cowardly acts as killing school children in Pakistan.

No matter what my theology may finally find to be true, today there is weeping.

A voice is heard in Ramah,
    lamentation and bitter weeping.
Rachel is weeping for her children;
    she refuses to be comforted for her children,
    because they are no more. (Jer. 31:15)

Ancient Paths are So Cutting Edge

The Lord proclaims:
Stop at the crossroads and look around;
    ask for the ancient paths.
    Where is the good way?
Then walk in it
    and find a resting place for yourselves.
        But you said, “We won’t go!” (Jer. 6:16)

Ancient paths really aren’t so “cutting edge.” It’s the invitation of God. When someone under 40 mentions them, then they seem so “cutting edge,” but the realization is those paths have been there. 

They don’t “shout out” to us. They are there with the invitation from God. 

It is a call to return. It’s not that hard. It’s rather simple. 

We just want our “own path.” We want our “own rhythm.” 

What we need is the rhythm of the Kingdom. We need to quit being stubborn and refusing the ancient path marked out for us. 

Jeremiah and the broken heart

I grew up with the phrase describing Jeremiah as “the weeping prophet.”

As I read through this powerful book once again, I find myself in a place of feeling that heart break.

“Long ago I broke the yoke that oppressed you
and tore away the chains of your slavery,
but still you said,
‘I will not serve you.’
On every hill and under every green tree,
you have prostituted yourselves by bowing down to idols. (Jer. 2:20)

God did the very best for Israel and they continually sought other lovers. I pray for my own life, the church today, and how we have become so efficient in what we do, but are we drawing from the the living fountain God gives us, or are we using our own broken cisterns?

We need a fresh call in our spirits to return to the God of our first love.