More Thoughts on Our Scriptures This week the readings move us very powerfully from last week’s theme, into a “next step”. Last week, we were challenged to recognise that faith, on one level, is not a protection from the world’s woes, but rather, it is a call to take up the cross, and embrace God’sContinue reading “More Thoughts on Our Scriptures This wee”
Our Scriptures This Week The theme this week is a powerful follow on from last week. The issues of suffering, judgment, repentance, compassion, and justice all come together in ways that are both comforting and disturbing. One of the most challenging and important questions we must face today is how we are to respond toContinue reading “Our Scriptures This Week The theme this”
Today’s Text Isaiah 55:1-9 55:1 Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 55:2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy?Continue reading “Today’s Text Isaiah 55:1-9 55:1 Ho, eve”
We wait for God to break into our world before we change…we need to change so God can break into our world.
Reflection on Today’s Text When the Pharisees came with the message, “Herod wants to kill you,” Jesus responds with the fact that he intends to finish his work. The outer circumstances of his life were powerful and difficult. Yet, the power of his inner life was stronger. His direction came from the inner work ofContinue reading “Reflection on Today’s Text When the Pha”
Question from Today’s Text Herod seeks to kill Jesus. But, as the story will unfold, the real threat to Jesus is not Herod but Jerusalem. How is it that Jerusalem, the holy city, this religious capital, has become known as the city that kills prophets and will shortly put to death God’s final envoy? WhyContinue reading “Question from Today’s Text Herod seeks”
If you’re hankering for God, He’s already found you for it is God who creates the hankering. Gerald Mann.
Reflection on Today’s Text The Church also has to choose between expediency and confrontation, between conforming to the ways of the world and being governed by God’s plan. So, too, the individual Christian.
More Thoughts on Today’s Text The people of Jerusalem were apparently not so different from us. They didn’t want to make changes. They didn’t want to repent, to turn away, from the things that were keeping them from walking closely with God. They wanted to take the path of least resistance. They hoped for aContinue reading “More Thoughts on Today’s Text The peopl”
Thoughts on Today’s Text “Jerusalem” wasn’t always or only “them.” “Jerusalem” can be “us” to the degree that we ally ourselves and arrange power in ways that do not allow us to be for the world the body of Christ, continuing his mission of proclamation, compassion, and healing for all — including the “Jerusalems” ofContinue reading “Thoughts on Today’s Text “Jerusalem””