Category Archives: Other Interesting Stuff

Seven Days of Scripture – Day 7 – Phil. 2:5-11

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death … Continue reading Seven Days of Scripture – Day 7 – Phil. 2:5-11 »

Seven Days of Scripture – Day 6 – Matt. 7:3-5

Why do you concentrate on the sawdust in your brother’s eye, and pay no mind to the two-by-four in your own eye?  How can you possibly say to him “let me help you with that dust in your eye,” when all the while you’ve got that two-by-four sticking out of your own?  Hypocrite!  First get that two-by-four out of your own eye; only then can … Continue reading Seven Days of Scripture – Day 6 – Matt. 7:3-5 »

Seven Days of Scripture – Day 5 – Amos 5:10-12 and 21-24

    They hate him who reproves in the gate,         and they abhor him who speaks the truth.     Therefore because you trample on the poor         and you exact taxes of grain from him,     you have built houses of hewn stone,         but you shall not dwell in them;     you have planted pleasant vineyards,         but you shall … Continue reading Seven Days of Scripture – Day 5 – Amos 5:10-12 and 21-24 »

Seven Days of Scripture – Day 4 – Proverbs 27:14

He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him. OK, this one is just for fun.  It’s probably my all-time favorite of the Proverbs, and has been since I first discovered it as a kid.  I am not, nor have I ever been, a morning person.  Neither, I gather, was Solomon.  ‘Nuff … Continue reading Seven Days of Scripture – Day 4 – Proverbs 27:14 »

Seven Days of Scripture – Day 3 – Luke 4:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” This, of course, is Jesus reading Isaiah 61:1-2 at the time he … Continue reading Seven Days of Scripture – Day 3 – Luke 4: »

Seven Days of Scripture – Day 2 – Isaiah 56:3-8

Let not the foreigner who has joined himself to the Lord say, “The Lord will surely separate me from his people”; and let not the eunuch say, “Behold, I am a dry tree.”  For thus says the Lord: “To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths, who choose the things that please me and hold fast my covenant, I will give in my house and within … Continue reading Seven Days of Scripture – Day 2 – Isaiah 56:3-8 »

Seven Days of Scripture – Day 1 – Luke 12:48

My college friend and sister-in-law Linda Martin just tagged me with the “Seven-Day Scripture Challenge.”  It’s not complicated, it’s just to post seven scriptures that mean something to me, one per day, and then challenge two more people to do the same.  Here are some that matter to me. Luke 12:48 (a fragment of it actually):  “Everyone to whom much was given, of him much … Continue reading Seven Days of Scripture – Day 1 – Luke 12:48 »

Je ne suis pas Charlie

With the people of France and decent people everywhere, today I mourn the deaths of the editors, cartoonists, and staff of French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo.  With the people of France and decent people everywhere, today I also condemn in the strongest possible terms, the murder of people who exercised their right to free expression in the public sphere.  But in contrast to many decent … Continue reading Je ne suis pas Charlie »

God’s decrees never lack power … an Advent meditation

“Nothing is impossible with God.” We know this … we believe it … we confess it with our mouths.  It’s a great theoretical statement that underlies our confidence that God cannot be defeated.  But this thought can also be a bit distant.  Just because God can do something, just because God is all-powerful, doesn’t necessarily impact our everyday lives. In Luke 1:26-38 is recorded the … Continue reading God’s decrees never lack power … an Advent meditation »

Book Review — Red Letter Revolution by Shane Claiborne & Tony Campolo

When I first heard that Tony Campolo and Shane Claiborne were doing a book on Red Letter Christianity, I was pretty excited.  I have a great deal of respect for both men, and while I don’t always agree with either, I think their prophetic voice in the church is beyond any reasonable dispute.  So I actively sought a review copy of the book, and the … Continue reading Book Review — Red Letter Revolution by Shane Claiborne & Tony Campolo »