Excerpt from my afternoon reading. “The Story of Jesus Christ, then, isn’t a story that came out of nowhere like the Book of Mormon, and it isn’t a timeless set of ideas as with Plato’s philosophical writings. The Story of Jesus Christ is locked into one people, one history, and one Scripture: it makes sense … More What is the Gospel?
Reading with the Pastor James 1 and Psalm 52-53 Most scholars think that the letter of James and the letter to the Galatians are among the earliest letters of the New Testament. My vote is for James. Either way, when we read these 5 short chapters we are looking at the early church in its infancy. … More The Silent Beauty of Reading
Reading with the Pastor Mark 8 and Psalm 44 Verses 12 and 13 arrested my attention. Sighing deeply in His Spirit, He said, “Why does this generation seek for a sign? Truly I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.” Leaving them, He again embarked and went away to the other … More Thinking about Incarnation
Reading with the Pastor Mark 1 and Psalm 37:1-22 As you are reading Mark today, don’t miss verse 35-39, but especially verse 35. These verses and the lifestyle that they hint at are a constant challenge to me as a morning-shunning night-person. 35 And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed … More I Hate Mornings But Jesus Didn’t
Reading with the Pastor Matthew 11 and Psalm 17 By now many of you have missed a day or two and may have gotten discouraged a time or three that your time in God’s word is not producing as great a “dividend” in your life as you had hoped. You may have struggled to catch back … More Keep on Keeping On
Day 4 “Reading with the Pastor” Matthew 4 and Psalm 7 One year, verses 3-5 of Psalm 7 grabbed my spirit and would not let go. David told God that if there was anything in his heart, anything in his actions that was worthy of the persecution he was experiencing, then let him (his … More When the Spirit Grabs Your Heart
She was being interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR). An American actress playing the mother of a special needs child in a new play from London now touring the USA. The play is getting rave reviews as it explores the inner workings of a 15-year-old boy whose parents love, but can’t touch because of his … More Days Without Grace