Monthly Archives: February 2015

Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence Let all mortal flesh keep silence, and with fear and trembling stand; ponder nothing earthly-minded, for with blessing in his hand Christ our God to earth descending comes full homage to demand. King of kings, yet born of Mary,… Continue reading

Mark 8:31-38 #2

Mark 8:31-38 #2 “Those who are ashamed of me or my words … of them the Son of Man will be also be ashamed” (Mark 8:38). This verse is used by some Christians to fuel the “war” against non-theists. But such outsiders are welcomed and… Continue reading

Mark 8:31-38

Mark 8:31-38 Peter’s response to Christ’s revelation frustrates me. Sometimes I just want to slap some sense into that so-called rock of a disciple. After all the time he spent with Christ and everything he saw, how can he not trust him at this point… Continue reading

Romans 4:13-25

Romans 4:13-25 Sometimes it still haunts me. I was entrusted to shepherd a group of fellow college-age counselors for a week of day camp at a congregation. Rather than being a leader, I fell prey to a selfish desire for acceptance and allowed one member… Continue reading

Psalm 22:23-31

Psalm 22:23-31 “All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord” (Psalm 22:27). I think it’s easy to hear this as an invitation to reach out to the unbelieving. But it’s quite disconcerting to accept the fullness of these words; that… Continue reading

A Father’s Legacy

A Father’s Legacy Shook “And Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately. Worship and serve Him with your whole heart and a willing mind. For the Lord sees every heart and knows every plan and thought. If you seek Him,… Continue reading

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 “If I don’t pass this test, I’ll have to take an extra semester of classes.” A student shared this painful news with me, fear hijacking her otherwise chipper voice. She had grown up surrounded by promises that hard work and dedication ensure… Continue reading

“God, even our own God.” Psalm 67:6

“God, even our own God.” Psalm 67:6 It is strange how little use we make of the spiritual blessings which God gives us, but it is stranger still how little use we make of God himself. Though he is “our own God,” we apply ourselves… Continue reading

There in God’s Garden

There in God’s Garden The text for today’s hymn cannot be published due to copyright limitations. We apologize for the inconvenience. The vision that is so clear to me in this hymn is the Tree of Wisdom. This is the wisdom of the Lord. The… Continue reading

Mark 1:9-15 #2

Mark 1:9-15 #2 One of the things that I love about the Gospel according to Mark is its straightforwardness. It is both disturbing and inviting. It is disturbing because we want more information. And it is inviting because it allows us to spend time wondering… Continue reading