I see my conservative evangelical friends lamenting the shrinking of their churches and whispering prayer requests for those who aren’t “walking with the Lord” any more. Hashtag “exvangelical” is trending on Twitter. There’s an entire corner of TikTok with videos about deconstructing faith or coming out of fundamentalism. Clearly, this is a hot topic inContinue reading “Exvangelical”
One of my favorite stories in the Bible is in chapter 9 of the book of John. It’s the story of when Jesus heals the blind man. The disciples look at the blind man and automatically assume that he’s blind because of some sin, some poor choice – either his own or his parents’. SoContinue reading “Blame or Compassion?”
As 2021 began, 14 states were considering school voucher programs. The state where I was born and raised recently passed one of the broadest school voucher programs, giving public funds to anyone wanting to withdraw their children from public school — regardless of income level — or to anyone with rising kindergarten children who haveContinue reading “Because I love my neighbor, I oppose school voucher programs”
A Post for the Ones Who Aren’t Feeling the Joy John 20:11-18 Here we are at the end of Easter Sunday. Maybe today has been a joyful day of celebration for you. Maybe you sang “Because He Lives” and “He Arose” and “Glorious Day,” and you felt true joy and hope. You felt each wordContinue reading “Hear His Voice”
He Is Risen Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20 “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but he has risen.” Often, my children and I sit around and tell the stories of our family. One child starts the story and another interrupts to fill in aContinue reading “Resurrection Day”
Resting & Waiting Jesus had died on the cross. As everyone who knew him and loved him stood at a distance and watched, Jesus cried out and gave his life. With Jesus, their hopes for their expected Messiah also died. On the cross, they’d lost a beloved friend, a son, an honored teacher and mentor.Continue reading “Holy Week – Saturday”
Black Friday Mark 15; Matthew 27 Recently, one of my children heard someone mistakenly call “Good Friday,” “Black Friday.” And you know, that seems appropriate enough. It was a dark day. Jesus – betrayed and denied by those who were close to him – was arrested and unfairly tried, brutally beaten, mercilessly mocked, spat upon.Continue reading “Holy Week – Friday”
Upside-Down Kingdom Luke 22:24-30; John 13:1-20 Normally when I think of the Last Supper, I think of the bread and the wine. I think of Jesus’ predicting Judas’ betrayal. I think of the symbolism of the soon-coming crucifixion, of Jesus offering his body and blood for us, even for the ones like Judas. But atContinue reading “Holy Week – Thursday”
She Did What She Could While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head. Some of those present were saying indignantly toContinue reading “Holy Week – Wednesday”
Jesus Sees Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, JesusContinue reading “Holy Week – Tuesday”
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