Jesus' Mercy Changes Me, We and the World

Posts from November 2020 (Page 2)

All In

Dear Sinners and Saints, The great theologian Karl Barth was often accused of not being able to tell the difference between sinners outside of the church and the saints in the church, or even of having a more positive attitude about the ultimate fate of those outside the church than those who were in. Barth blurred the line between…

Sunday to all the days of our week

This past Sunday Pastor DJ used an Old Testament text to teach us about how God uses women leaders, how God’s got our back and we can reach out to have other’s backs. Deborah and Jael were watching out for the backs of the people in their tribe and they were blessed. If you missed…

Made for Togetherness

We were created by a loving God to be we, not me. We are made for goodness. We are made for love. We are made for friendliness. We are made for togetherness. Desmond Tutu We need each other to be our best, whole selves. Jesus said he would be with us always, but he also…

Finance Justice

Micah 6:8   “He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” This is a very familiar verse to most of us, with the prophet Micah telling the people of Israel, and us, that…

Normal Never Was

I so appreciated a quote shared during a recent podcast I listen to.  I share it with you, and I offer it as reflection and hope for our future, with God in our midst. Do your problems feel too big right now? Then your God is too small (Lucado, 2020).  Isn’t that an interesting way to consider…

What We Expect to See

Dear Brothers and Sisters, In the opening scene of the movie “Gladiator” (2000), General Maximus (Russell Crowe) shouts to his men , ”Unleash Hell!”, against the Visigoths. With great balls of fire crashing all around them , General Maximus feels the armor of someone brush up against his back. He whips around , expecting to…

Our Bodies

I saw a cartoon recently showing a guy standing outside an office building smoking a cigarette right through his Covid-19 mask.  After being in the risk management business my whole career, I tend to see the irony in a lot of efforts people and organizations implement to mitigate risk.  Here is a guy that has…

Sunday to Monday | Waiting

This week we are considering what it means to wait. To wait for Jesus to come again, to wait for Jesus to come now and to be ready to join him in the Kingdom. Now and then. We read and reflected on Psalm 78:1-7 and Matthew 25:1-13. If you missed being with us, watch here.…

Patience

Waiting. It’s not really our thing, is it? We want prime delivery, to order ahead so we can pick it up when we want it, to get answers immediately on the device in our pocket. Perhaps we need to learn a little bit about waiting. Here’s a fun Sesame Street session on patience. May God…

Spirited

The “Forgotten God,” by Francis Chan is a Book/Bible study that I am currently doing with some dear friends. The title was confusing, but as I started reading,  it became clear. I believe I have a clearer understanding of God The Father, and God The Son (Jesus) than God The Holy Spirit. Therefore the Holy…