When the prophet Elijah decided he had enough of “zealously serving the Lord God Almighty,” he fled to the wilderness. God did not crush Elijah for running away. In fact, he fed him for the long journey ahead to Mount Horeb. At Horeb, God called Elijah out of the cave so that he could appear … More The Thin Silence
Ever notice how a person’s scent will often leave the evidence of their presence long after they leave a room? Sometimes a loved one may be miles away, but a whiff of their shirt transports them to our side. Perhaps a stranger walks by and leaves a trail of perfume (for good or for bad) … More Can You Smell What the Church is Cooking?
At the end of my last post, The Heartlessness of a Reward Mentality, we were left with the dilemma of restoring compassion when we’ve lost it (or birthing it if we’ve never had it). We cannot “just do it” when it comes to compassion. We can fake it, acting like we have a soft heart, but we … More Restoring Compassion
Jesus comes to visit. One person serves, the other person sits. The server thinks the sitter ought to be helping serve so that they can then both sit. The sitter doesn’t care what the server thinks; Jesus is in the house! Server complains. Jesus says that, actually, the sitter has made the better choice. At … More De-Martha-izing Ourselves
Jesus Christ was raised from the dead. “So what?” you may ask, “What difference does that make to me?” A huge difference. NT Wright calls the resurrection the lynchpin of the Christian faith. The apostle Paul goes even farther. He says that if the resurrection did not happen, you and I and every other Christian … More Jesus Christ Was Raised from the Dead. So What?