Fully Open to the Spirit - Reflections on Acts 11:1-18

Today’s text thrusts us directly into the enormously consequential narrative of Peter’s confrontation with the Holy Spirit that forces him to rethink everything he has learned and practiced as a first-century Jew.

Monday, May 9, 2022

Our Turn! - Reflections on Joshua 5:9-12

This Lenten season, the call for justice is sounded loud and clear as we are reminded that Lent is both a time for self-examination and a time for allowing that examination to lead to engagement with our human siblings in a search for righteousness and justice. 

Monday, March 21, 2022

The Surprising Blessing - Reflections on Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18

This Lent I wished to focus on issues of justice and righteousness in the community, rather than in individual spirituality or getting closer to God on our own. What this odd chapter adds to that emphasis is the significance of a God who simply cannot be penned in or defined in ways that allow that God to be approached by traditional means of religious activity.

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Great Solace Amid Great Pain - Reflections on Isaiah 43:1-7

In Isaiah we find a brilliant representation of that most basic and uncanny statement of God’s hallowed promise to us all: there is, in the end, no death, no exile, no pain, no hopelessness, in which God may not find life in it. 

Monday, January 3, 2022

What Are We Waiting For? - Reflections on Zephaniah 3:14-20

In the midst of this unrestrained litany of salaciousness, Zephaniah speaks hope. The prophet enacts in his final words the very essence of the gospel of God, the announcement of hope when none appears at all likely or possible.

Monday, December 6, 2021

The Reign of Christ - Reflections on 2 Samuel 23:1-7

The Sunday before the first Sunday in Advent has long been designated “Christ the King” Sunday. The Sunday is seen as a prefiguring, a premonition, of the coming of the Christ child into the world. 

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

The Pony Under the Pile - Reflections on Mark 13:1-8

When we're going through hell, how can we keep on going?

The answer? By remembering two pieces of very good news concealed in the pile of pains, pangs, and persecutions of this text:

  1. The Holy Spirit supports us in every dreaded encounter and event.
  2. The one who keeps the faith and endures to the end will participate in Jesus' victory over death.
Monday, November 8, 2021

A Strange Origin of Greatness - Reflections on 1 Samuel 1:4-20

It should be noted that all of the great Bible narratives, from the tales of Genesis to the potent story of the Exodus to the story of Jesus begin with small tales of family. We ought never discount the power of the small family story to offer the origins of the larger narratives that occupy so much of our attention in the course of our sacred history; they are always worth a further look.

Monday, November 8, 2021