Wherein Harry Potter helps us investigate what Jesus meant by: “For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.”
We all have stories of God interrupting us, and they usually don’t start out as fun for us. But here’s the thing: every time God gives us an interruption, God is also issuing an invitation.
Did you know that the names Miriam and Mary means “bitterness?” There is a bitterness to being a woman of the Bible, and that bitterness does not stay confined to those pages.
In which Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego remind us that separating faith from politics is a luxury afforded only to the privileged.
In which the Daughters of Zelophehad lay down the smack for Moses and the assembled Israelites, and God gives them a solid thumbs-up.
In which my love of astronomy collides with Genesis 2. And feminism. And Jesus.
The despairing parents and the frightened children on our border need the comfort of the gospel that the will of the God who has claimed them and loved them is for their safety and their peace…but I think we might need it even more.
Jesus goes to the cross for everyone: he goes for the Pharisees just as much as he goes for the tax collectors and the Gentiles. He goes for the people who have figured out how to sing the scale just as much as he goes for those lost in discord and disharmony.
Well? Is it? This is the first sermon of a series on the Genesis matriarchs and patriarchs. Today: the birth of Isaac.
Oh, hello, blog land! It's only been, like...TWO AND A HALF MONTHS. You know what's hard? Ministry. Ministry is hard. And blogging about the things you're learning about and through ministry is hard, because those learning things are connected to actual real people, and actual real people, understandably, can find it somewhat weird when their pastor blogs …