When Jesus turns toward Jerusalem, he does so daring to defy the convention of his day. Moreover, he calls on those who would follow him to also dare to defy convention. But what does this mean?[Read more…] about Do You Dare to Defy Convention?
I got a nasty email this week. As I mentioned in my expanded newsletter for subscribers two weeks ago, I recently officiated the funeral of a 24-year-old who died while taking a drug laced with Fentanyl. The 69-year-old email sender found the service void of hope because I did not proclaim “Jesus saves,” never mind that the family requested an explicitly non-religious service.[Read more…] about How To Live Today
Common knowledge would say that people are born, grow up, and then die. But it struck me while studying this week that, in many ways, our failure to grow up is killing us.
The realization formed through a combination of researching the Parable of the Rich Fool in Luke 12 (a parable I previously explored) and reading the early pages of Bill Plotkin’s, The Journey of Soul Initiation.[Read more…] about Grow Up Or Die
In Luke 11, Jesus teaches his disciples what we call the Lord’s Prayer. While there are books about the prayer itself, Luke’s account follows the prayer with two teachings that center on God’s role in prayer.[Read more…] about Prayer: Is Anybody Listening?
The Good Samaritan is one of the most familiar parables of Jesus. But familiarity and understanding are not always the same. The vast majority of people hear the parable as a simple admonition to help out people in need. While such actions are always a good thing, there is something else going on in the words of Jesus.[Read more…] about The Good Samaritan: Familiar But Unknown