Monthly Archives: July 2014

Matthew 14:13-21

Matthew 14:13-21 I am writing these words during my current sabbatical from parish ministry. As much as I love the people I serve alongside, it is good to be away for a time of rest and renewal. As human beings, we need time apart. If… Continue reading




Romans 9:1-5

Romans 9:1-5 Paul’s epistle to the Romans has been the source of renewal throughout the history of the church, largely due to the apostle’s emphasis on the good news that our righteousness comes through faith apart from works of the law. In other words, the… Continue reading




Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21

Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21 One of the joys of eating breakfast or any meal is the free entertainment to be found while eating. Outside the breakfast room window we have a variety of bird feeders, feathered friends come to find their food. Cardinals, orioles, blue jays—all… Continue reading




Isaiah 55:1-5

Isaiah 55:1-5 Our son, Anders, has an elaborate bedtime routine. After pajamas and brushing teeth, then stories and songs, he’s finally ready. But just when we think his eyes are closing, he sits up straight with one last request: “Oh, I need a drink.” He… Continue reading




Be Thou My Vision

Be Thou My Vision Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart; naught be all else to me, save that thou art: thou my best thought both by day and by night, waking or sleeping, thy presence my light. Be thou my wisdom, and… Continue reading




Gather Us In

Gather Us In This quintessential gathering song is a snapshot of all who gather to worship our awesome God. It tells why we gather, depicts who gathers, and what we receive in worship from our loving Lord. It is true that we bring our fears… Continue reading




Matthew 13:31-33

Matthew 13:31-33 I’m struck at this parable’s notions of worth and value. The parable addresses our worldly understanding of worth by using the images of treasure and rare pearls. It points to the value of God’s kingdom once again. In both illustrations the finder has… Continue reading




Matthew 13:31-33

Matthew 13:31-33 Our side view car mirrors say, “Objects are closer than they appear.” So it is true of the mustard seed in Jesus’ parable. It is not as meager as it seems. It points to a larger reality of how things are in God’s… Continue reading




Sanctification (1)

Sanctification (1) This is the will of God, your sanctification. . . —1 Thessalonians 4:3 The Death Side. In sanctification God has to deal with us on the death side as well as on the life side. Sanctification requires our coming to the place of… Continue reading




Sanctification (2)

Sanctification (2) But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us . . . sanctification . . . —1 Corinthians 1:30 The Life Side. The mystery of sanctification is that the perfect qualities of Jesus Christ are imparted as a gift to… Continue reading