What does it mean that our citizenship is in heaven? Here is my sermon on this theme, based on Philippians 3:17-4:1.
Here is a weekly Bible reading plan that I developed for my devotional reading.
I am excited to share some information about a brand new Christian devotional app that launched this week.
This is a great reflection on a very moving song/poem/prayer/psalm by Leonard Cohen, “If It Be Your Will.”
Leonard Cohen described If It Be Your Will ‘as more of a prayer’ than a song during his introduction to its performance by the Webb Sisters and Neil Larson. Here I suggest that it is not only a prayer but more specifically a psalm.
Even the title is highly suggestive of a key feature of psalmody—an absolute trust in God. As the song unfolds this trust, we see that this commitment to God is founded in a creature-Creator relationship, as the singer’s finitude is sublimely conveyed:
If it be your will, that I speak no more
And my voice be still, as it was before
The frailty of the singer is in little doubt given their own metaphorical claim to be a ‘broken hill’. Is it pushing our reflection too far to imagine this as an oblique reference and contrast to the ‘holy hill’ (Psalm 2:6; 3:4; 15:1; 24:3; 43:3…
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Here are a few things that I have learned about how to stay motivated to keep running or walking.
Today I join with Christians around the world in giving thanks for Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a faithful and courageous servant of Christ who died on this day for his part in a resistance movement against the Nazis.
Remembering with Gratitude the Birthday I Spent in the Holy Land
Reading this reflection was a true blessing for me, and I think that it will be for all who feel “spiritually weary.”
I don’t always “feel” spiritual.
Whatever that means.
Not only that, sometimes I feel positively unspiritual.
Again, whatever that means.
But maybe you can relate. You pray, but it feels like you’re talking to yourself. You read Scripture, but nothing springs out of the text as a joyful surprise or as a source of conviction. You go to church week after week, but wonder, “Is this it?” Your faith and church just doesn’t seem to be working for you like it once did.
I think if we’re honest, we all experience this sort of thing as Christians. Though possibly in different degrees. For some, the experience feels spiritually debilitating. Others have a short season of the spiritual blues.
There’s a word for this: Blah. Or maybe malaise. At more serious times, melancholy. It feels like God is absent. Theologically, it’s called by some “a dark night of…
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Today I join with many Christians in giving thanks for Oscar Romero, Bishop of El Salvador, a faithful and courageous servant of Christ who was assassinated on this day while celebrating Mass. Here are a few of my favorite quotes of his.
It was a year ago this week that it all began - the pandemic which has changed so much in our world. I thought I would just share a few of my memories here, as a way of processing that week, and preserving its memory.