The Dangers of Sentimental Religion

“Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:39, NRSV) Jesus makes demands of his followers that most of us just gloss over as if… Read More

The Holy Trinity

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…” (Matthew 28:19, NRSV) What is your image of God? If you are like… Read More

The Rhythms of Rest

“On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, ‘Let us go across to the other side.’ And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was.”  — Mark 4:35-36a,… Read More

Freedom and Responsibility

“The memory of the righteous is a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot.”   (Proverbs 10:7, NRSV)   How will you be remembered? What will be the defining accomplishments of your life? What legacy will… Read More

An Encouraging Word for the Summer

“Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful.  And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together,… Read More

All in the Family

“While [Jesus] was still speaking to the crowds, his mother and his brothers were standing outside, wanting to speak to him.  Someone told him, ‘Look, your mother and your brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.’… Read More

The Church as Jesus’ Resurrected Body

“As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him—you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God… Read More

Discernment and Decision-Making

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2, NRSV) Paul’s 12th… Read More

So That You May Believe

“Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book.  But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of… Read More

Easter

“After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb.” (Matthew 28:1, NRSV) Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. It… Read More