3 1/2 years earlier

When Jesus made His famous Triumphal Entry into the city of Jerusalem at the beginning of His Passion Week, the people shouted a peculiar phrase. They said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee” (Matthew 21:11). The phrase was peculiar because 3 ½ years earlier, people mocked Jesus’ humble, Nazarene roots, and yet […]

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Strength to Love–Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! As we pause this week to ponder Dr. King’s contribution to the cause of justice and equality in our nation and world, I want to suggest a resource that I think you will love. Dr. King’s book, Strength to Love, is one of the best books I have read […]

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A ‘storied’ people

“Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story.” (Psalm 107:2) In your readings through the Old and New Testaments, do you ever marvel at the constant, even redundant, telling of Israel’s story? Doesn’t it seem like the biblical writers are always rehearsing Israel’s formation, bondage, rescue, decline, and promised renewal? It is sort of […]

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Not trapped in yesterday

You would never know it is winter in Los Angeles. The leaves have barely changed colors, the temperature is in the 80s, and everyone around me is still in yoga pants or shorts. And yet it’s officially winter—the calendar told me so. Sometimes the seasons of our lives are like that too. The season has […]

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