Given the faith proclaimed by mainstream American Christianity, it’s easy to disconnect Easter from the everyday. The basic message becomes, “Jesus died, Jesus lives, and you go to heaven when you die.” … … Then someone cautiously asks, “But what about today?” What About Today? At this point, some traditions talk about how you’re just…
Writing a post on Psalm 148 should be easy: Everything praises God. And when I say everything, I means everything. (more…)
When is the last time you felt at ease? It feels strange to think of a Psalm often associated with funerals as an invitation to everyday ease, but that is both what the Psalmist and Easter invite us into. So I ask again, “When is the last time you felt at ease?” (more…)
“What’s your story?” A number of years ago the aunt of a woman I was dating asked me that question and everything inside me tightened. It was the first time I met her and a number of other members of the family. I really wanted to give a good impression. As I saw it, my…
Psalm 150 closes Israel’s book of worship with six verses that unpack the where, why, how, and who of praise. All of it points to the simple conclusion that when all is said and done, in the end, we praise. (more…)
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