October 23, 2017

Archives for February 2012

Another Look: Destruction: God’s Alien Work

Lent 2012: A Journey through the Wilderness Destruction: God’s Alien Work (Lisa Dye) • • • “The Lord will rise up as he did at Mount Perazim,  he will rouse himself as in the Valley of Gibeon— to do his work, his strange work,  and perform his task, his alien task …” • Isaiah 28:21 […]

Another Look: Circle Or Cross?

Lent 2012: A Journey through the Wilderness Circle or Cross? (Jeff Dunn) • • •  This is an essay from 2010 where I look at the unevenness and disorganization of the cross. As we enter into this Lenten season, our focus must be on the cross, and not on ourselves. This essay owes much to […]

All Fall Down

Lent 2012: A Journey through the Wilderness All Fall Down (Ash Wednesday) • • • Broken lines, broken strings Broken threads, broken springs Broken idols, broken heads People sleepin’ in broken beds Ain’t no use jivin’, ain’t no use jokin’ Everything is broken… • Bob Dylan • • • We must first learn that the […]

Wait No More!

People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring. • Rogers Hornsby   • • • Photo from Shooting from the Hip by Chicago Tribune Photojournalist Scott Strazzante

The Feast Before the Fast

“One will have to give account in the judgment day of every good thing which one might have enjoyed and did not.” • The Talmud • • • The seriousness of Lent that begins on Ash Wednesday is preceded on Tuesday each year by a day of frivolousness and indulgence. We feast before we fast. […]

Dueling Political Media

Today, two clever, attention-getting media offerings, capturing opposite perspectives on the role of government in American life. First, from the right…     After the jump, the left strikes back…

Lent 2012: A Journey into the Wilderness

“We are all outside of paradise. We are locked up aboard an unsteerable ship, and we bide our time, unsure of ever reaching land, hungrily eyeing each other as the foodstores fail. We are that tainted generation of former slaves who now must perish in the wilderness on the outside chance that it will help […]

‘Cause every girl’s crazy ’bout…

From the you couldn’t possibly make this stuff up in a million years department, today we refer you to: At Ed Young’s new site, PastorFashion.com, you can learn that he wears Spanx, that wearing Spanx can give you gas (but better posture), and that those who are “clothed in Christ” should be clothed in fashionable, […]

We Point People to Jesus

A Letter for the Church Today (6, conclusion) A Study of 2 Corinthians 10-13 “Finally, brothers and sisters, farewell. Put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.” • 2Corinthians 13:11, NRSV • • • It’s decision time […]

New Every Morning: Lessons about Grace

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. • Lamentations 3:22-23, NRSV • • • The Hebrew word translated “steadfast love” in Lam. 3 is my favorite biblical word: Hesed (חסד). Its meaning is so rich that Miles Coverdale […]