Now say to the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem: This is what the Lord says: I am a potter preparing a disaster for you; I’m working out a plan against you. So each one of you, turn from your evil ways; reform your ways and your actions. But they said, “What’s theContinue reading “Mercy is not always received”
Tag Archives: Lent
The Gospel and “Defund the Police”
One of the mantras conservative white Christians have decided to “debunk” so we can get back to our safety bunkers is “Defund the Police.” It really caught our attention after the murder of George Floyd.
“Being saved” and “getting to heaven”
When we have typically thought of the gospel in western evangelicalism, it has been around the questions like, “How are my sins forgiven?” and “How do I get to heaven?” N.T. Wright turns my thinking in a different direction:
The reckoning we don’t recognize
Earlier this week, I gave some links to issues regarding black brothers and sisters leaving white evangelical spaces. Now, the Southern Baptists are losing Beth Moore. (I am sure many them think this is a GLAD moment for them.) Her departure is “tectonic in its reverberations,” said Jemar Tisby, the president of a Black ChristianContinue reading “The reckoning we don’t recognize”
Lament in the time of racism
The trial of Derek Chauvin is supposed to start this week with jury selection in Minneapolis. Chauvin is the former Minneapolis police officer charged with the murder of George Floyd. In the past year it is necessary to examine how we, as white believers, have done in this issue of racism. Lent should be thatContinue reading “Lament in the time of racism”
George Floyd, Lecrae, Lent in the time of reckoning
This week is supposed to begin jury selection for Derek Chauvin, the former police officer charged in the murder of George Floyd. It’s been a year since Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. What have we learned?
Lent needs to deal with our callousness
My Lenten reading has me in Jeremiah. It wasn’t that long ago I was in Jeremiah in my Daily Office readings… It is a constant pummeling, but for good reason.
Domesticating the Cross of Christ
“It is startling to reflect on just how diminished the average modern Western Christian vision of ‘hope,’ of ‘inheritance,’ or indeed of ‘forgiveness’ itself has become. We have exchanged the glory of God for a mess of spiritualized, individualistic and moralistic pottage.And in the middle of it we have radically distorted the meaning of theContinue reading “Domesticating the Cross of Christ”
Sin and death and mowing lawns
When I first was in ministry, the area where I pastored had a group of people who were teaching on a subject I would call “hyper grace.” A few years later, when I was pastoring in the Twin Cities, there was a Christian radio show focusing on what they perceived to be “apologetics” and howContinue reading “Sin and death and mowing lawns”
Talk to your soul
Truly my soul finds rest in God;my salvation comes from him.Truly he is my rock and my salvation;he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.Yes, my soul, find rest in God;my hope comes from him. (Ps. 62:1-2,5)