During Advent we reflect upon and prepare for the coming of Jesus. We remember his birth and make sure our preparations are on track for his return. So why did he come? And what can we expect the second time around? The Jesus whose birth we celebrate, and whose return we anticipate, is Jesus Christ,…Read more »
“Do you believe in the Son of Man?” This question that Jesus poses to the formerly blind man strips Christianity down to its bare essentials. The words “son of man” are basically a non-title. Jesus doesn’t ask the man if he believes Jesus is the Messiah or the Son of God. Jesus doesn’t ask him if he…Read more »
Last night Sharon and I finished watching the PBS series John Adams, based on David McCullough’s biography of Adams. We were both struck by the ruggedness of 18th century America. Life was hard and harsh for the wealthy and powerful as well as for the poor and powerless. Imagine going through surgery without anesthesia, or…Read more »
I sense that our 24/7 prayer week is going well. From comments and notes that I’ve read and heard, I gather that God is meeting many of you and speaking into your life. I read one prayer on “the wall” that spoke to me this morning.
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him” (John 14:6,7). More than any passage in the Bible, these verses point to…Read more »
This is the last post about how to re-vision our roles. The sixth principle we mentioned on Sunday was: “Be Wholehearted (and Watch Out for That Worm).” Paul writes: “Whatever your task, put your heart into it, as done for the Lord and not for your masters” (Colossians 3:23).
As we carry out our various roles today as part of our call, I invite us to focus on the 5th principle we talked about on Sunday: “Do It for Jesus.” It’s tempting, even dangerous, to think that whatever we do for Jesus has to be really significant. Actually, as Henri Nouwen points out, it’s…Read more »