Beloved: Reflection 5

Community Read Hebrews 10: 19-25 and Acts 2, especially verses 42-47 Pray that the Lord will open your mind and heart to hear His voice. How do we love Jesus through community? There's a Greek word, κοινωνία (koinōnia) that brings together multiple aspects of fellowship. While "fellowship" is a delightful word, American English cannot fully… Continue reading Beloved: Reflection 5

Beloved: Reflection 4

Loyalty Read  3 John and Deuteronomy 7:6-10  Pray that the Lord will open your mind and heart to hear His voice. How do we stand with and for our brothers and sisters in the Lord? We step up.  The concept of loyalty runs throughout the Bible, from the Hebrew אָמַן ( 'āman), meaning to be… Continue reading Beloved: Reflection 4

Beloved: Reflection 3

Care Read Luke 10:25-37 Pray that the Lord will open your mind and heart to hear His voice. What does it mean to care for one another as an act of love? It's important to consider what had just happened to visualize the setting of this parable fully. A crowd had gathered to hear about… Continue reading Beloved: Reflection 3

Beloved: a five-part reflection, Reflection one

What does it mean to be beloved?  How do we respond to being beloved? Love Read 1 John 4:7-21 Pray that the Lord will open your mind and heart to hear His voice. What does it mean to be loved by God and how does that love affect the way we treat others? The old… Continue reading Beloved: a five-part reflection, Reflection one

American politics, neighbors, and enemies

I've been thinking lately about the parable of the Good Samaritan from Luke's Gospel (10:25-37). At the same time, I've been reading the newspapers (usually the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times) and listening to podcasts like Honestly with Bari Weiss and Truth Over Tribe. Can I just say this? The world is… Continue reading American politics, neighbors, and enemies

Show yourself beautiful

Why congregations need to show grace to their leaders. Satan and his demons will do anything to silence the Church. When external persecution is impractical for whatever reason, they exploit human frailties within individual churches. Leaders, especially pastors and priests, find themselves in complex moral, social, and cultural battles on a regular basis. The Church… Continue reading Show yourself beautiful

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Going missing

"Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near" (Hebrews 10:24-25). The COVID-19 pandemic added to a building cultural sense that regular church attendance… Continue reading Going missing

The Transformational nature of grace

There is a tree on one of my running paths that I just love. A large branch covers the boardwalk and every year it gets just a little lower, a little heavier, and a little broader. I have dozens of pictures as the tree transforms through all four seasons. It is a little different every… Continue reading The Transformational nature of grace