Forgiveness: a mediation for Good Friday

Forgiveness: a mediation for Good Friday

When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at […]

Trust modeled: a meditation for Good Friday

Trust modeled: a meditation for Good Friday

Luke 23:46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last. Mark 15:38-39 The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, “Surely this […]

What will the church be like in 100 years?

What will the church be like in 100 years?

The Christian church. More than 2,000 years old. The blueprints for gathering together to worship have seen a lot of change, even from the earliest days, though founded upon one gospel. It’s not surprising that shifts in church tradition have paralleled cultural change, and never has culture been on such a fast track as now. […]

Forsaken: a meditation for Good Friday

Forsaken: a meditation for Good Friday

From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.” Immediately one […]

And on earth, peace: 7 lessons from Jesus’ birth announcement

And on earth, peace: 7 lessons from Jesus’ birth announcement

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will […]

Surprising grace

Surprising grace

If Jesus were born today, would we recognize it? Would we be surprised at the grace yet embrace his incomparable gift? It is God’s surprising grace, of sending his Son as a tiny baby who would give his own life and then defeat death, that we celebrate as we commemorate the birth of our Savior… […]

Reconciliation: it’s our job

Reconciliation: it’s our job

And now, here’s an Evangelism 101 quiz: The job of the Christian is to: ❏ get people to say a special prayer of salvation ❏ get people to come to the front of the church (a.k.a., the altar) and hopefully cry a lot ❏ help people to “realize their potential” and be happy ❏ escape the world and hope […]

The message of the cross: a Holy Week meditation

The message of the cross: a Holy Week meditation

What is the message of the cross? I think this is a good question to pose, because in one sense, there is only one answer. But in another sense, there are so many. To answer simply, it is reconciliation—that great word that Paul (who wrote much of the New Testament and shared the Gospel across […]

God came camping

God came camping

Considering the average American may move nearly a dozen times in a lifetime, it’s rare that anyone settles down into a “permanent” residence. But we still have high hopes when getting nestled into new digs, and I remember the excitement of becoming a new homebuyer. Being able to really make a place feel like home is so […]

Poetry: found in translation

Poetry: found in translation

Can you turn a phrase? Have you ever added your contribution to the “roses are red” collection of sentiments? Has your inadvertent rhyme elicited the “poet and didn’t know it” response? Poetic pro, or not… most of us have at least some appreciation for artistic beauty. Being a songwriter myself, I consider poets to be my artistic […]