Monthly Archives: April 2013

Psalm 67

Psalm 67 The psalm lists at least three gifts: the blessing of a healthy harvest (v. 6), the blessing of delivery from national enemies (v. 2) and the blessing of God’s special relationship with God’s people (v. 1). Simply put, the Old Testament sees blessings… Continue reading

Acts 16:9-15

Acts 16:9-15 After Paul receives a vision to come to Macedonia, Luke’s narrative suddenly includes himself. And once in Macedonia, Paul and Luke meet Lydia whose heart is open to the gospel and who responds by sharing her resources, providing a place to stay. Three… Continue reading

Awake, My Heart, with Gladness

Awake, My Heart, with Gladness God does not promise that we will not experience gloom and sadness. On the contrary, the path of discipleship is wrought with difficulty and, at times, suffering. Yet Paul Gerhardt’s gentle words suggest that God gives us a joy beyond… Continue reading

Awake, My Heart, with Gladness

Awake, My Heart, with Gladness Some years ago a man greeted me strangely as he exited the sanctuary on Sunday morning. He said, “This is the first time in years that I felt fully welcomed into worship.” He said this not as an indictment, but… Continue reading

John 13:31-35

John 13:31-35 When we love one another, we glorify Christ because his love is made visible through us, and when Christ’s love is made visible through us, God is glorified. Isn’t this remarkable? It is often the case—rightly or wrongly—that we assess the love of… Continue reading

1 Corinthians 11:24

“This do in remembrance of me.” 1 Corinthians 11:24 It seems then, that Christians may forget Christ! There could be no need for this loving exhortation, if there were not a fearful supposition that our memories might prove treacherous. Nor is this a bare supposition:… Continue reading

John 13:31-35

John 13:31-35 Theologian Stanley Hauerwas once wrote in his provocative style, “one of the hardest commandments is that Christians are to love one another—even if they are married.” Loving others is always a challenge. And if we’re honest, at times this challenge is actually heightened… Continue reading

Revelation 21:1-6

Revelation 21:1-6 ( Many years ago I was asked by a homeless young man, “How do I get to heaven?” The man was living amidst suffering and uncertainty, and, to him, heaven represented a better possibility. I don’t remember my response, but the question stuck.… Continue reading

Psalm 148

Psalm 148 Praise the Lord! There is a cadence and percussiveness in the Psalmist’s voice that causes us to take notice. This is not a subtle invitation or a quiet request. Rather, this Praise of God is a rhythm into which all of creation is… Continue reading

Acts 11:1-18

Acts 11:1-18 Recently I went picnicking with my family at Disney. Shirt and I sat on our scooters and opened our lunch cooler. We busted open our tuna kit and chips. I was at peace. It’s hard to imagine that the surreal picnic in the… Continue reading