Isaiah 58 will be my grounding text for Lent. I can get caught up in fasting “correctly” and making sure I do some readings. What I am challenged in this season is the walk I have in this world.
Learning to live in grace, justice, and mercy. A marvelous conversation.
This concept can’t be avoided in Scripture (though we do a good job of trying). The gospel, the Kingdom, is this simple (and yet, this difficult): “How long will you defend the unjustand show partiality to the wicked?Defend the weak and the fatherless;uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.Rescue the weak and theContinue reading “The simplicity (and complexity) of the Kingdom of God”
My reading has me in Micah for a few days and as I read it I get this picture of Israel that the prophets portray over and over. Israel is “weary” of serving God. They have some sense of obligation, but they are in love with the gods of the age and want to pursueContinue reading “The downside of evangelical American Christianity”
The things I don’t get list just got a new number hit.
I am still in the midst of lament over the jury decision last Friday. The officer who killed Philando Castile was acquitted. There is a sense of mourning, of lament, in our community and it needs to be felt.
When we think we’ve made it on our own, there are times the Lord may step back a bit and let us “revel” in our “self-made” achievements.
What the Lord “requires” of us is simple. We have complicated it.
When our “hearts” (which is our English way of describing an ancient concept of the “deepest seat of our deepest emotions”) belong to Christ, there is such wonderful, beautiful change. Paul describes it in Colossians 3:12-17. When Christ rules the deepest seat of my deepest emotions, anger is shoved away and love takes its place.Continue reading “The deepest seat of our deepest emotions”
The God of the Old Testament is so mean. He’s violent. He’s vengeful. The “God I know” wouldn’t ever be that way. The “God I know” would be more like this: “I know that you are a merciful and compassionate God, very patient, full of faithful love, and willing not to destroy.” Yes, sir, giveContinue reading “Why bother with the Old Testament?”