In some of the final words of our New Testament, the Holy Spirit and the Church, the bride of Christ, join in a tandem affirmation. Together, they speak one, powerful, story-changing word. In Revelation 22:17, they say to Jesus, “Come!” After this word gets recorded, John, the Revelation writer continues, “Let the one who is … Continue reading A story-changing word
In a recent driving experience, I was confronted by the conflict between the honest, authentic me and the me that I am trying to become. I was sitting in gridlocked, Los Angeles traffic when the driver beside me erupted in a fit of aggressive road rage. He began yelling, gesturing, and cursing the stopped drivers … Continue reading Which you is the real you?
Dick Lucas, the longtime pastor of one of England’s oldest churches, St. Helen’s Bishopsgate, has said, “The Bible does not give us a watertight argument it gives us a watertight person against whom there is no argument.” That is so good and helpful to remember. Often, when we speak with our friends, loved ones, or … Continue reading The watertight person
Today, we humans are rapidly losing our ability to lovingly and constructively relate with one another, and it is damaging us more deeply than we realize. We should change this. The New Testament gives us more than fifty “one another” commands, and if we actually practiced them, the entire ethos of our national, political, and … Continue reading The One another commands (more needed than ever)
Blind Bartimaeus: “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” The crowd: “Shut up! Don’t bother the teacher.” Jesus: “Bring him to me.” The crowd: “Great news, Bartimaeus! Jesus is asking for you.” Have you ever laughed at this moment from Mark 10:46-49? Have you ever chuckled or scoffed with just a twinge of self-righteousness … Continue reading I Don’t Care…Now I Care