The Sovereignty of God in Wind and Fire

Beyond the Veil

But I Don’t Wanna!

We can’t pick and choose only the easy work that Jesus calls us to do—we must also do the “But I Don’t Wanna!” work. Turning the other cheek when we are hurting, and recognizing when we have hurt someone. Turning the other cheek does not mean ignoring what has happened and continuing to be hurt. God’s justice enables us to confront evil without conforming to it. And when we have hurt someone, God’s justice leads us to do the hard work of reconciliation.

The Complexity of God’s Reign

When Jesus says, “Blessed are you who are poor,” everything we typically think about economics, politics, and faith is turned upside down. Do we dare to believe him?

The Risk of Unchurching

When Jesus sits down in a boat to teach, it is when the holy space goes out of the synagogue and into the world. 

The Roots of Rage

We wonder how a story can go sour so dramatically and so quickly. Jesus is speaking with much approval to his hometown synagogue, where he had been shaped and formed, then the next minute they are trying to push him off of a cliff. What can cause such a flash of rage? The radical inclusivity of the gospel always incites those who feel a sense of entitlement to God’s grace.

Listening to Nature, Law and Soul

During the Scientific Revolution, the 19th Psalm was popular for showing the “Two Books” that reveal God – Nature and the Scriptures. Verse 1 points to the heavens as telling God’s glory and v.7 point to the the law that perfects it. The 9th verse suggests a third book – the feeling of awe before God – because God is made known to us in a variety of ways. 

Saving the Best for Last

The story of Jesus turning water into wine is well known. We often think of the story as a “Look! See how amazing Jesus is!” story. In the story itself Jesus lets others do all the work and another person makes the key statement that, in Christ, God is doing a new and marvelous thing. 

Living in the Spirit

When we listen to the story of Jesus’ baptism and think about our own baptism, we wonder where the practice of baptism came from and what it means. The better question is, “Where is the Spirit”? 

Balls of Gas Burning Billions of Miles Away

Remembering Pumbaa and Timon, lying on their backs, describing the stars as either “fireflies stuck in that blueish-black thing up there” or “burning balls of gas billions of miles away.” What’s missing is wonder. The story of the Magi offer us a chance to recover wonder as part of our way of encountering the stars.