What on Earth?

Whats the point of the story?

Throughout the lectionary readings this week, we see hints of Jesus’ crucifixion and how we are called to lose our lives in His life. As Jesus was persecuted, we are given the command to give of ourselves in love as well. Though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else […]

Where’s the party?

Sometimes culture views the Christian God of judgment, and while this is true about God’s fairness, it neglects God’s love and restoration of the human being. As we consider the God whom Jesus portrays as the father in the story of the prodigal, we consider a God who has given grace and forgiveness. And he […]

Do you need more time?

The readings this week are about repentance, and so it makes sense that we talk about how we are called to something greater than simple songs in our worship, but how we are turned around by God in our repentance. “So you, son of man, I have made a watchman for the house of Israel. […]

What do you want to hear?

The Word of God is something that is central to all of these readings, and as we see in the readings, the prophetic Word of God often causes sinners to reject it when they hear it. As we consider the use of Word in worship, from the readings to the other places where God’s Word […]

How important is this?

This week’s readings all tell us something about the concept of worship, which kicks off our Lenten series about what worship is and how we worship. We see that throughout time – from the Israelites worshiping in Deuteronomy to Paul’s understanding of the Word being near – that God works in and through worship to […]

Why are you here?

The “celebration” of Ash Wednesday is actually the beginning of a fast, the fast of Lent. Throughout the Bible, God’s faithful people would memorialize a time when they saw that they had to turn around and repent (the word “repent” literally means to turn around). It was a time of recognizing where one had lost […]