Fragile and Fertile

“Fragile and Fertile” Those are the words that keep showing up in my notes to churches as I end my greetings with something along the lines of “Know that my prayers are with you in this fragile and fertile time.” The combination is intentional. Over the years, I have...

The Language of Desire

“Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit.” Ephesians 5: 18 I always knew that debauchery wasn’t a quality to which one should aspire, but it wasn’t until I focused on this text that I actually took the time to get a clearer...

“Little Sister” Stereotypes

“Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” John 6: 42 Oh my, oh my, oh my! I know this story all too well. I have a “little sister.” She was born almost exactly two years after me. In my...

Stay Thirsty My Friends

“I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry; and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6: 35 “Wait a minute,” I thought, “Why would Jesus want to take away our thirst while the psalmist encourages our thirst?” I have to admit that...

“And all of us will worship”

“Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples.” John 6: 3 “When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself.” John 6: 15 A year ago I was just a few weeks from...