Reaching Outside the Lines

Luke 4:21-30      Dear Readers, Quick question, and please be honest. Are you hearing any prophetic words, seeing any prophetic justice-action these days that are reaching across lines of difference, welcoming the marginalized, and standing up to hate and injustice and privilege? Are you? If so, please share in the comments. And now…Luke’s version of Jesus’ […]

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Aha!

Isaiah 60:1-3; 5-6   Matthew 2:1,2    Have you ever had a moment when things seemed to click for you, when a seemingly unsolvable problem or issue became solvable? Did the hair stand up on your arm? Did you jump up and shout Eureka! or did an imaginary light bulb suddenly appear over your head? Yes, I’m […]

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Living in the Upside Down

Isaiah 64:4-6; 8, 9b    Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for Go. You come to the help of those who gladly do right, who remember your ways. But when we continued to sin against […]

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EnTRUST-ed

Isaiah 5:1-7 Matthew 13:42,43 Once again, let’s talk about trust. In my last post we looked at how authority and trust go together, i.e. we give authority to the things and people we trust. And we focused on the idea that trust is not something we should blindly give; rather, that trust needs to be […]

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A Fragile Peace

Isaiah 11:1-4a It is December. It’s colder. The leaves are on the ground. Winter has come. Animals know it. They sense it—they go about their business getting ready for colder nights, gathering food and making more stable shelters. There is so much movement in nature at this time of year if you pay attention to […]

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The Generosity Fast & Paradox

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 […]

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The Lighthouse

Luke 21:25-28   NRSV There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. […]

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Hope on the Journey

Isaiah 60:1-5 (NRSV) Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you. Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. Lift up […]

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Inner Peace and a Path

Isaiah 40:4-8, Psalm 85: 8, 10, 11, 13   This time of year, a second candle is lit and people speak an elusive word:  Peace.  Unfortunately, I’m not sure we are all that honest about this word. Do we really believe in peace? I mean, it certainly doesn’t seem like we believe in it. Otherwise, we […]

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PEACE: What Is It?

Isaiah 11:1-10 I thought that there was no better way to start a message and conversation about peace than to hear from the late Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela who died at the age of 95 this past Thursday, December 5th. His life and work are a testimony to what real peacemaking looks like. And that is […]

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