November 20, 2017

Archives for August 2012

Lies, Damn Lies, and …

To paraphrase Mark Twain, “There are lies, there are damn lies, and there is the American political process.” Jesus said, “Let your yes mean yes, and your no mean no. Anything more than this comes from the evil one” (Matt. 5:37). How can anyone claiming to follow his teachings possibly support the American political process? […]

The Alpha and Omega Principle

Reading Romans (4) The Alpha and Omega Principle Welcome one another, therefore, as the Messiah has welcomed you, to God’s glory. Let me tell you why: the Messiah became a servant of the circumcised people in order to demonstrate the truthfulness of God — that is, to confirm the promises to the patriarchs, and to […]

Only In Silence, The Word

There are many proverbs and sayings we’ve all heard: “Speech is silver, silence is golden.” “Better to say nothing and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.” “Empty vessels make the most sound.” “Still waters run deep.” And of course, the book of Proverbs in the Bible has much […]

Death is Preferable

“You cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live!” -Exodus 33:20 I’m addicted to safety. Even if I wasn’t born that way, I learned to crave it growing up. My adults were broken, so by age eight I was busy trying to make everything feel safe for my younger siblings and […]

Get Lost!

Popular religion focuses so hard on spiritual success that most of us do not know the first thing about the spiritual fruits of failure. When we fall ill, lose our jobs, wreck our marriages, or alienate our children, most of us are left alone to pick up the pieces. Even those of us who are […]

Another Look: George, Mildred, and the Thin Places

Note from CM: I wrote this story and posted it almost a year ago. Yesterday, we buried George next to Mildred. While I was in Chicago over the weekend, he had an accident, went into the hospital, was admitted to hospice, and died. At the grave site today, I listened as his family told stories, […]

Busyness as Moral Laziness

The Desert Fathers (a protest movement in the early church) spoke of busyness as “moral laziness.” Busyness can also be an addictive drug, which is why its victims are increasingly referred to as “workaholics.” Busyness acts to repress our inner fears and perpetual anxieties, as we scramble to achieve an enviable image to display to […]

Come to the Quiet

Yet in our busy, noisy, overstimulating mission field of the world, it is one of the church’s high callings to give the gift of silence, of greater spaciousness to make room for contemplative encounters with the means of grace, so that the Spirit may most freely do the works of salvation to form us in […]

Another Look: Walking On The Moon

Yesterday we lost one of my greatest heroes. Neil Armstrong died at the age of 82 in Cincinnati. There are many things I could say about Armstrong (he owned a farm in my hometown of Lebanon, Ohio, so I have heard many stories from those who knew him there), but I think this essay I […]

Psunday Psalms: Psalm 2

Psunday Psalms Devotional Thoughts on the Psalms * * * Psalm 2 Why do nations assemble, and people plot vain things, kings of the earth take their stand, and regents intrigue together against the Lord and against his anointed? “Let us break the cords of their yoke, shake off their ropes from us!” He who […]