Archive for June 2010

“Naming” Our Call

June 16, 2010

For the last couple of years BRC’s consistory has been trying to come up with a byline for our church. Some people are have actually wanted to change our name, but that’s felt too drastic to other folks. So we agreed that a byline — a short description of our congregation that we can attach to our name — would be a good compromise. A number of possibilities were suggested, but none that we could agree upon. Finally we decided we would just need to wait. (more…)

Ready or Not

June 15, 2010

Last night Sharon and I began watching a DVD of a stage performance of the gospel of Mark by Max McLean. This fast-paced solo drama using only the words of Mark’s gospel shows how everything Jesus said and did was absolutely surprising and usually shocking. For example, Jesus wasn’t afraid to offend people — whether the religious leaders, the crowds, a Canaanite woman whose daughter was demon possessed, or his own disciples. By purposely offending people, Jesus was offering them an opportunity to transcend the lives they were living and embark on a life that they could have never imagined was possible. But now this life, this impossible life, was standing in front of them and talking to them. (more…)


June 14, 2010

We must never minimize Jesus, or what it means to follow him. Jesus’ own words won’t let us. He is forever prodding and poking and jolting. In the gospel reading for today, the poor disciples have been trying to cast out a demon and to heal a boy who suffers with seizures. When Jesus shows up, the boy’s father complains about Jesus’ disciples’ ineptitude. Undoubtedly the disciples feel frustrated and embarrassed, having nothing to show for their efforts. Instead of comforting and encouraging the disciples, Jesus says, “O unbelieving and perverse generation. How long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you?” So much for his being cuddly. (more…)

In Law or in Love?

June 8, 2010

I feel like I’ve encountered my first really big “revelation” in this quest to know and experience more of the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. Granted, revelations don’t always involve something new. This particular revelation is as old as the New Testament books of Romans and Galatians. It’s at the very center of Paul’s reflections upon the role of the Holy Spirit in the believer’s life. (more…)

Our Quest

June 2, 2010

On Sunday I talked about my (our) embarking on a quest. The quest is to know the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. Biblically speaking, there is no getting around the importance of the Holy Spirit in the life of a Jesus Follower. I want you to know that I am taking this quest very seriously. Actually, that sounds way too serious. In fact, my heart feels quite light and energized. Jesus compared the Holy Spirit to wind. Wind can be both light and powerful. It’s also unpredictable. I don’t even remember how and when I came to believe that I needed to embark on this quest. But I believe the Holy Spirit himself is in it and is already leading us. (more…)

Lutheran Airlines (I love this)

June 2, 2010