Leviticus doesn’t beat around the bush. Rebuke your neighbor frankly. When you see there’s an issue, when you notice a fire, run towards it. Don’t run away from it. Run straight into it. Rebuke your neighbor frankly. Because here’s the thing. It’s natural - human - for us to have conflict in our lives. Conflict in and of itself isn’t a bad thing. In fact, it can be very, very good.Read More
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Just as homeowners set physical property lines around their land, we need to maintain mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual boundaries for our lives to help us distinguish what is our responsibility and what isn’t. What is me, and what is not me.Read More
Play serves as a reminder that God is good, and that in God, we get to experience a life that exceeds our capacity to measure or control. God invites us to give a tenth of our resources towards celebrating because it opens us up to the God who is dancing around and through us.Read More
And then we come to the most peculiar line in the story: and when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!” Saw how he died. What is it about how Jesus died that so suddenly struck the heart of this Centurion that he was able to see something no one else could?Read More
As we examine the story of Jesus before Pilate, we will look at three characters. All with different “ends” or “goals” and each with a different understanding of the “means” necessary to accomplish their goals.Read More
Jesus never asked us to wallow in shame, to feel really, really bad about ourselves and carry the weight of it all on our shoulders for the rest of our lives. Jesus never asked us to give him an eye for an eye, to pay him back, because no amount of beating ourselves up or paying him back can undo the damage of our sin and no amount of hard work can merit God's forgiveness. Jesus does not ask you to die for your sin. He already did that.Read More
English doesn’t have a word for this kind of longing feeling, this melancholic yearning, this feeling of being away from your home and not knowing if you’ll ever get back there. So we have steel guitars.Read More
As humans made in God’s image, we are designed to delight in beauty, just like God does. We desire it, we admire it, we recognize it when we see it. We have an innate instinct to respond to it. Beauty can confront apathy and strengthen courage. It can give us vision to imagine hope, and can warn us of the consequences should we just blithely maintain the status quo.Read More
What would you think, if you were Jesus in that moment? What would you be feeling? Would you be pleased with what just happened? Would you encourage others to do the same thing? No. I don’t think Jesus was pleased with what she did. I think he looks at this system that has been oppressing the poor, and he sees the poor being oppressed one more time right in front of him, and I think he’s outraged.Read More