Reliving and retelling Jesus' story: Including the cognitively disabled in ministry is a chance to live in a cross-shaped way.
Different traditions focus on slightly different themes during Advent. Last week, we focused on hope. This week, we turn to the theme of preparation. A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Isaiah 40:3 NIV Father, we may not … Continue reading Praying Scripture – 12/11/2019
I'll get back to talking about the spiritual discipline of confession next week, but this week I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Carmen Imes about her new book Bearing God's Name: Why Sinai Still Matters. https://youtu.be/P67V1o-LiTY I love this book and can't recommend it highly enough. The book will be available on Amazon on … Continue reading A Fantastic Resource to Help Your Walk with Jesus
As usual, I have allowed Advent to sneak up on me. If I'd been planning ahead I would have written some blog posts tying into its themes. Maybe next year. This year, though, I thought that we could pray through some of the traditional Advent readings together for the next four weeks. 6 For to us … Continue reading Praying Scripture – 12/4/2019
Sometimes we live in between the places of plea and praise in the lament psalms. We have taken our circumstances to God, expressing them with brutal honesty. That doesn’t mean God has changed our situation or even our perspective yet. Sometimes we’re stuck waiting for Him to act. Sometimes it can even feel like we’re … Continue reading Life In Between: Engaging in Spiritual Disciplines
This week in the U.S. we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. While it can serve as a much needed reminder to be thankful, sometimes it just serves as an opportunity to get together, eat way too much food, and (if you're so inclined) watch parades and football. God calls us to much more, though. He calls … Continue reading Praying Scripture – 11/27/2019
As I've been diving back into the spiritual discipline of silence this fall, the first line of Psalm 46:10 keeps coming to mind. But it's always good to go back and put those fragments into context. The whole verse reads He says, "Be still, and know that I am God;I will be exalted among the … Continue reading Praying Scripture – 11/20/2019
Handle with Care Be careful what you ask for! I’m guessing you’ve heard the saying. If you’re a parent, you may have even uttered it. That saying reminds me of something similar a wise person once said to me: Be careful what you pray for. If you ask God for patience, He will certainly answer. … Continue reading Being Too Careful in What You Pray For