Blood Stained Pages-Meditation on God’s Word

I want you to enter into a thriller novel with me for just a minute. Imagine, you hear a knock at your door and when you open it there is a man there, slumped against your doorframe, very near death. He sees you open the door and with a sense of relief he speaks yourContinue reading “Blood Stained Pages-Meditation on God’s Word”

You Have a Voice: Meditation on Miracles

When we read about the miracle stories in the Bible, there is this expectation of a happily ever after kind of moment. If we believe in our God who is working within all of creation and did this specifically through the time when Jesus walked the earth, we take these passages at face value. GodContinue reading “You Have a Voice: Meditation on Miracles”

Is Holy Baptism Scandalous?

There is something scandalous about baptism. When parents come to have their children baptized, when I came to the waters of Holy Baptism to pour the baptismal water on my children’s little foreheads, there is something scandalous that happens there. Parents are bringing these children to the water and saying that their children have aContinue reading “Is Holy Baptism Scandalous?”

The Key

This weeks meditation is from Matthew 16:13-20. I remember my first year of marriage with Shi, that year when you begin to really realize what it’s like living with a different person. I left the toilet seat up and she put it down. I left the cap off of the tube of toothpaste, which droveContinue reading “The Key”

“Love Goes…”

God is love. I want you to think about what love does. We have a beautiful list in Holy Scripture that is recounted at nearly every Christian wedding, called the way of love from I Corinthians 13 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. ItContinue reading ““Love Goes…””

“They thought they were drunk…”

“They thought they were drunk…” Sometimes, people who haven’t actually read the Bible come up with this rather silly notion, that the Bible was written much later than it was, written by the winners of history (so to speak) to make the disciples and the Christian faith look good. So, we don’t actually have toContinue reading ““They thought they were drunk…””

“What you say matters”

What you say matters. Obviously, right? Maybe not always? We were raised with useless rhymes like “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” But we know deep down inside that words hurt more than sticks and stones ever could. Words shape the core of who we are. Words canContinue reading ““What you say matters””

“For Jessica”

“So… what’s next?” This past week I travelled for a very brief trip to visit some good friends, friends who became family kind of friends, in Alabama. Their youngest daughter Jessica was graduating from High School and I made a promise a long time ago that I would see her walk. The next day whileContinue reading ““For Jessica””

Heaven is my home???

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness intohis marvelous light.  Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. (I Peter 2:9-10)Continue reading “Heaven is my home???”

“The Price the Shepherd Paid” Meditation

Look up. You see the cross. As Christians, when we come to worship this is something we are used to and expect. We expect to walk into the sanctuary and see the cross there up front and above the altar, we always have. But it wasn’t always like that. The earliest Christians till about theContinue reading ““The Price the Shepherd Paid” Meditation”