Posts written by Ben

Psalm 146

Psalm 146 Psalm 146 tells of the Lord’s providential care for creation. In this Psalm, we praise God for what he has done and is doing now. God is faithful as creator and sustainer. It is better to place our trust in God “who keeps… Continue reading

Intercessory prayer

Intercessory prayer is also a daily service Christians owe to God and one another. Those who deny their neighbors prayers of intercession deny them a service Christians are called to perform. Furthermore, it is clear that intercessory prayer is not something general and vague, but… Continue reading

Isaiah 35:4-7a

Isaiah 35:4-7a As hospital chaplain I met a woman whose life and dreams had been dashed to bits. When she lost her daughter to cancer, it was as if her heart was cracked wide open. She wandered around in a desert of pain. Shortly after… Continue reading

I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light

I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light Jewish scholar Abraham Heschel, quoting Micah, says this: “Darkness is not dismal; when we sit in darkness, God is our light” (Prophets, p. 129). This is the confession of our faith: that God has so… Continue reading

Take, Oh, Take Me as I Am

Take, Oh, Take Me as I Am Growing up, I was a picky eater. Most of my meals consisted of Spaghetti-O’s, toast and chocolate milk. I usually spilled my milk. At church I meet various versions of myself, but I am teaching them to say,… Continue reading

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