John 6 is at once one of my favorite chapters to chew on… and the most frustrating chapter to read. It is the deep call to discipleship and full participation in Christ.
This is the place where Jesus drives a crowd AWAY. In our world, that’s utter foolishness. We are so thirsty for big crowds! We celebrate big crowds! And Jesus is here thinning things out! Continue reading “The difficulty of discipleship”
We have settled into an Anglican Church in our move south. There are several reasons for this change. It isn’t sudden for me. It’s been several years in the making. Continue reading “The beauty I find in liturgy”
When Jesus demanded voluntary poverty of the rich young man, the young man knew that his only choices were obedience or disobedience… Continue reading “Simple obedience”
“EVEN IN TIMES of great danger and haste there is a place for ritual in the spiritual life. God is careful to give very specific instructions on how families should celebrate the first Passover. God is a God of symbols, who impregnates common objects with divine significance. The precision with which God creates the Passover meal will be a precision he brings to the law and to the construction of the tabernacle. Why is important, and what, but also how: how we speak, how we pray, how we act, how we worship. This matters to God, and it ought to matter to us. It plays a role in what we retain and what kind of persons we become.”
Year with God
Richard J. Foster
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Scariest verse from my reading this morning: “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.” (Matt. 22:29) Continue reading “Keep it simple”
Matthew 19:16-22 tells the story of the rich young ruler. He asks what good deed he needed to do to have eternal life. Continue reading “If you’re serious about following Christ”
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done. Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”
The Lord wants to reveal his glory to his people. But that glory is only revealed through the work of the cross.
Lord, teach me to die daily. It is YOUR Kingdom work, not mine.