What To Do When Fear Is Winning

Today I was ready to write a scathing tirade against anyone opposing immigration and the welcoming of refugees into this country. I had a nice first draft but, as my wife so kindly reminded me, that would be missing the point! As I’ve thought about it, I’m not as much frustrated with the conversations and…

Lives Worthy Of Imitation

A few weeks back I was reading through 2 Chronicles with the Moravian Daily Texts. Even as a history buff Chronicles is pretty boring.  Nothing much was catching my eye until I came across the story of King Zedekiah in 2 Chronicles 36:11-14.  Zedekiah begins to rule and “does evil in the eyes of the…

You Can’t Be What You Can’t See

Paul’s invitation is a daunting one in 1 Corinthians 11:1 when he writes “Imitate me, as I imitate Christ” or as the NIV says, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” In other aspects of life, it is perfectly acceptable to have a role model. We look up to athletes, movie stars,…

Limits

“The ritual action of Ash Wednesday, ashes being marked on our foreheads in the sign of a cross, reminds us of our brokenness, our mortality, and our dependence on God to work new life in us and through us. We are not in control.” – Kai Nilsen, Engage Lent is about limits. The limits of…

Reclaiming God’s Big Dream For The Church

Remember when you were a kid and you had all those great dreams for what you would do when you grew up?  President, astronaut, pilot… What happened to those dreams?  Did they come true?  Were they tempered?  Abandoned completely? Sadly, so many of our big dreams are lost as we grow up.  Reality strikes, the…

Dropouts Of The Way

But Jesus is the Way as well as the Truth. The way the gospel is conveyed is as much a part of the kingdom as the truth presented. Why are pastors experts on the truth and dropouts on the way? – The Contemplative Pastor by Eugene Peterson (p. 35) Seminaries are good at training scholars…

MLK And The State Of The Church

I read a great post today from Mike Breen: “Obituary for the American Church.” In it he talks about how celebrity, consumerism and competition have led us off course, away from the things we (the Church) are called to focus on.  At the end he lifts up a quote from Martin Luther King Jr. and…