9/11 — 20 years

We were right to be angry at the great wrongs of 9/11, but at some point, rehearsing that anger year after year doesn’t move us toward justice, love, or the forgiveness Jesus commands of his followers. It moves us toward resentment, hostility, and bitterness, with all the trouble it brings (Heb. 12:15). We never knewContinue reading “9/11 — 20 years”

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”

The grief I still feel

7 You deceived me, Lord, and I was deceived;    you overpowered me and prevailed.I am ridiculed all day long;    everyone mocks me.8 Whenever I speak, I cry out    proclaiming violence and destruction.So the word of the Lord has brought me    insult and reproach all day long.9 But if I say, “I will not mention his word    or speak anymore in his name,”his wordContinue reading “The grief I still feel”

Thoughts on mourning and loss in the time of coronavirus

Grief shows up in many ways. One way it may tend to show up is anger or rage. Since that is not easily recognized as “grief” in our culture, we tend to combat the rage or anger instead of stepping back to ask a few more questions. Grief over loss isn’t easily processed in ourContinue reading “Thoughts on mourning and loss in the time of coronavirus”

Evil in our world and what lasts

The weariness of terrorism and racism in our news last week can exhaust us. There are times when we truly wonder: How long, O Lord?” The psalm in my reading this morning gives me a reminder on perspective: “You love evil more than good; you love lying more than speaking what is right. Selah YouContinue reading “Evil in our world and what lasts”