The supporters of Herod were friendly with the Romans and politically connected. They took little interest in the Pharisees religious concerns, but managed to find a common enemy in Jesus. So what exactly did Jesus say or do to make both the religious establishment and political powers of his day riled up enough to plot his death?Read More
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If we are longing for community and longing for connection, we have to let others in. We have to admit we have needs and can’t do life all on our own, we cannot face challenges all on our own. We cannot fix ourselves. God has given us each other for support when we are weak and to celebrate together when we feel strong. If we only engage superficially with God and those around us, we will be stuck in superficial relationships.Read More
Every time I say no to serving, I’m saying yes to spending my time elsewhere. So I need to be clear on my why for existence, Before I start saying yes to investing everywhere And so never truly investing anywhere.Read More
If you’re a Christian, you might even go to church each week to pray these words, “Your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” And then we wait, holding out hope for God’s kingdom to come and fix everything, never really expecting that God’s answer to fixing all this? God’s answer to fixing all that, is actually to fix me, first.Read More
I think we all live, not out of an overflow of love, but out of a deficit. We live, not as if we are loved, but desperately needing love, craving love, even hoarding love - love that we can only get if we do all of the right things. And continue doing them, forever.Read More
Here’s the thing about clanging cymbals. When everyone’s clanging their own pair of cymbals, declaring their own views and condemning all others, no one can hear each other anymore. We stop listening. And as much as it seems like we’re communicating - over communicating it seems - we end up in a world where anger is the prevailing climate, and loneliness is the pervasive epidemic.Read More
We all have people we’d rather shun or ignore, than run to help. We all have people or teams or tribes who we secretly (or not so secretly) cheer over when things don’t go the way they wanted. Who is that for you? Who do you have a hard time loving?
In the next two weeks, we’ll see how the story wraps up. But this week is about the middle part, the in-between part, the part where Jonah’s in trouble and as readers, we’re just not sure how he’s going to get out of it.Read More
The invitation is to remember God’s scandalous grace, and so become a people who are present to the depths of each and every moment, seeing God in more and more and more people, places, and events, each and every day. And in the midst of the storms that arise around us, we now get to be a people who are willing to die to our own preferences and privileges, laying our lives down for the sake of our neighbor, just as God did for us when we were still his enemies. And because of God’s dangerous grace, we now get to jump into the storms of sin and shame that threaten to drown our neighbors.Read More
Their story starts in the 3rd century. The Roman Empire was still in power, and it was still making life a little difficult for Christians, and it was still representing values that Christians didn’t. So a group of early Christians ran away to the deserts of Egypt and the Middle East. They ran to escape the heavy hand of Roman rule on top of them and to finally live free. They ran from their wealth toward a life of poverty, from comfort toward a life of wilderness wandering.Read More