I suspect that many of us still know that sense of deadness and dryness David described in Psalm 32. For some of us our experience with sin and shame is every bit as intense as what David described, but for most of us it’s characterized more by a general joylessness in life.Read More
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And if we’re ever in doubt, or if our vision is ever clouded, we need only stop, look, and listen for the wonder of the Lord around us. There are many Psalms we could look at that help us do this. They are all an exercise in being wooed by our Creator. They’re all an exercise in seeing God at work in creation around them. And so this morning I want to take a look at Psalm 104 as a case study in the practice of cultivating Wonder.Read More
And on the night that Jesus was betrayed, he tells his disciples — his friends — in the same way that God has loved me, so I love you. As God has chosen me for the purpose of healing and redeeming the world, so I am choosing you to go and do likewise. I am choosing you to heal and renew the world. As God has eklégomai’d me, so I eklégomai you.Read More
God sees that we’ll need rest and margin long before we ever recognize it, so God preemptively commands us to take a day each week to rest and worship, pray and play; a day that makes you more alive — a day of “re-creation”Read More
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