Your Spiritual Discipline

No one was prepared in the synagogue in Nazareth where Jesus read a portion of Isaiah’s prophecy and then claimed that prophecy for himself. Today, we can read the words from the prophet himself. These words were most likely written to the exiles who had returned from Babylon and were trying to rebuild their brokenContinue reading “Your Spiritual Discipline”

Not a Good Time to Be Jewish

(Not my usual curation but it is a voice in the wilderness in which we live. As long as we allow ourselves to be divided by our identity, the drumbeat sounded here will only grow louder. You read. You decide.) Last week, I met a rabbi in Los Angeles. We talked about surfing where toContinue reading “Not a Good Time to Be Jewish”

Words That Need to Be Remembered on This Day

Even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that allContinue reading “Words That Need to Be Remembered on This Day”

Stop Looking Over Your Shoulder

“Why? Why? Why?” The seemingly endless questions of a three-year-old test our patience at times. But even in those moments we rejoice because those whys reveal a budding interest in how the world works. And asking why about the world isn’t just for kids—it’s for all people at every age, because curiosity about creation points toContinue reading “Stop Looking Over Your Shoulder”

Your Spiritual Discipline for Today

One of the biggest mistakes the people of God made in the early years of faith was to believe that God’s presence and purposes were limited by geography and ethnicity. Initially people believed that gods were local, and that when two groups of people clashed, the victory of one group over the other demonstrated theContinue reading “Your Spiritual Discipline for Today”

Progress Is Littered with What We Have Laid Aside

The great general had led his troops to a hard-fought but resounding triumph on the field of battle. With the enemy army now vanquished and scattered, he rallied his regiments to press on toward the capital where they would secure the final victory. And though the men marched briskly, he urged them to still greaterContinue reading “Progress Is Littered with What We Have Laid Aside”