Monthly Archives: August 2012

Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 God speaks a word from the outside in order that it becomes a word inside us, unseating our intentions and seating us to feast on God’s grace, God’s mercy and God’s righteousness. In the Meal, we receive into our own bodies… Continue reading

Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 Our summer took off with the words from Isaiah: “Holy, holy, holy. … Woe is me, I am a man of unclean lips” (Isaiah 6). The summer shuts down echoing Isaiah. What does it mean to have unclean lips? Jesus brings… Continue reading

Job 13:17 “Listen”

Job 13:17 The first service one owes to others in the community involves listening to them. Just as our love for God begins with listening to God’s Word, the beginning of love for other Christians is learning to listen to them. … We do God’s… Continue reading

James 1:17-27

James 1:17-27 James, Martin Luther’s “Epistle of Straw,” produces for us a manger in which Christ is born. This birth is physical, James demands, but is shaped and created by a word of truth. This word floated above the waters and snapped like the wings… Continue reading

Psalm 15

Psalm 15 In East Jerusalem, on the Mount of Olives, sits the Lutheran World Federation and Augusta Victoria Hospital. Across the Kidron Valley, beyond the walls of the Old City, rises the Dome of the Rock—that gold-gilded, thin place—above the thick reality that is Jerusalem.… Continue reading

Pondering # 3

As I ponder about the Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9 that I just posted, it brings to mind a piece that I read of Dietrich Bonhoeffer which take me to the Beatitudes in Matt. 5:6 Christians are persons who no longer seek their salvation, their deliverance, their… Continue reading

Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9

Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9 What is the point of following God’s command? Simple: life and the living of it. Simple … but not easy. It is a gift given by God to frame order out of chaos. Moses speaks these commands, but these words were passed… Continue reading

I Love to Tell the Story

I Love to Tell the Story I love to tell the story. There is a great joy and honor in sharing the story of Jesus’ life, ministry, death and resurrection with others. I love to tell this story, and as a pastor I get daily… Continue reading

Come My Way, My Truth, My Life

Come My Way, My Truth, My Life This is both the simplest and most profound of all the hymns I love. Though only one word in the whole hymn has more than one syllable, it is not fast food. Ralph Vaughn Williams’ haunting tune from… Continue reading

John 6:56-69

John 6:56-69 “Because of this, many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him.” But his disciples said, “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life.” Some of my friends and even family, once aflame with… Continue reading