February 24, 2016.Reading time 9 minutes.
Luke 13:31-35 Selections from Jalal al-Din Rumi: This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, A depression, A meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, […]
February 20, 2016.Reading time 9 minutes.
Luke 4:1-13 What does it mean for you to be yourself? Think about that for a moment. What does it mean for you to be yourself? For Christians, the season of Lent began with Ash Wednesday. Lent is a period of 40 days [not counting Sundays]. The forty days of Lent is about one tenth […]
February 14, 2016.Reading time 7 minutes.
Isaiah 58:1-12 Isaiah, the prophet says: Shout out, do not hold back! Lift up your voice like a trumpet! It’s announcement, but an announcement about hypocrisy. This is often a common issue for religious people—that they say they love God and they claim to do all the right religious rituals and they think themselves to […]
February 14, 2016.Reading time 10 minutes.
Exodus 34:29-35 and Luke 9:28, 29; 37, 38 What does it mean to have a shiny face? Okay, think about it. Shiny face is real. By midday, your face just might have a little sheen. It’s called sebum [combo of dead skin cells and lipids]. This sebum protects your skin from drying out. But it […]
February 6, 2016.Reading time 9 minutes.
Luke 4:21-30 In Jesus of Nazareth’s time and culture, favors for your hometown, your family, and your closest friends were commonplace. I don’t think it’s far-fetched for you or me to understand or resonate with this in 2016, wherever you are. Have you ever moved away from where you were raised? Did you ever return? […]