Seems nearly everyone is “planting” a church these days. Cool. Maybe. I’ve actually had some fear and trepidation as I’ve followed the journey of church planters primarily via Twitter and word of mouth, “Did you hear whose planting church” community … Continue reading
There is receiving in the speaking. I’ve always seen ‘speaking’ as something we give. A friend is discouraged; we offer a word of encouragement. We find a traveler on the wrong path; we provide a word of correction. I guess … Continue reading
I began the day telling a friend in a crisis of faith to remember the stories of God’s work. But when the phone rang and my son told me that he had misunderstood the time of his college chemistry final … Continue reading
Continuing the conversation from yesterday on the Church and Matthew 16, I wanted to provide some concluding excerpts from Hauerwas’ commentary. Why? Because this is really good stuff and if you went to church today, like I did, these are … Continue reading
I have been buried in books. As I’ve been reviewing my assigned readings in preparation for finals next week, I am realizing how much good stuff I have learned this last quarter. Specifically, The Gospel/Acts class taught by Tommy Givens … Continue reading
Invade our bodies with your hope, dear Lord, that we might manifest the enthusiasm of your kingdom. Give us the energy of children, whose lives seem fired by the wonder of it all. Thank you God, you have given us good work, hopeful work. Our lives are not just one pointless thing after another. We have purpose. But give us also your patience. School our hope with humility, recognizing that finally it is a matter of your will being done. Too often our hope turns to optimism, optimism to despair, despair to cynicism. Save our hope by Israel-like patience so that we can learn to wait hopefully in joy. Surely that is why you give us children–signs of hope requiring infinite patience. Give us hope so we can learn to wait. Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again. ~Amen.