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  • SATURDAY, February 16

    We repeat things for lots of reasons. We repeat things we simply cannot believe. And we repeat things that we cannot believe—but want to.

    In some translations of the evening psalm, “For his steadfast love endures for ever” is repeated in every single verse. During some seasons of....

  • FRIDAY, February 15

    While running errands together last week, my daughter started talking about her college plans. She’s only four years old, so she doesn’t quite get the college experience yet, but she enjoys talking about it nonetheless.

    “I want to go to a college with lots of trees. I want my bro....

  • THURSDAY, February 14

    There are many ways to interpret today’s gospel passage. One response is to become frustrated with the rich young man. This may not be the best way to approach the text, but it is certainly the easiest way for me.

    Is this man arrogant? Is he oblivious? Has he somehow really kept the l....

  • WEDNESDAY, February 13

    I love your law. The more you read from Psalm 119, the bolder this statement becomes. The law is called sweeter than honey and more valuable than gold.

    I must confess to you: I feel a little dishonest reading this psalm. I don’t often think of God’s ways as sweete....

  • TUESDAY, February 12

    Christian author C.S. Lewis tells of a man who is taken to heaven and granted a vision of a great woman. A glorious procession surrounds her, and music can be heard for miles around. She is unbearably beautiful, and a bright light shines forth from her. The man’s mind races: Who else could this la....
  • MONDAY, February 11

    “I deserve that promotion more than Lucy,” we say to a coworker in the break room, only to tell the boss later that morning what a great fit Lucy is for her new role. The disciples are no different. I should sit at his right hand. No! It should be me!

    Jesus knows the tempta....

  • SUNDAY, February 10                  5 Epiphany

    Evangelists are making a comeback—not just within the walls of the church but in our culture as well. Even companies seek to hire product evangelists to attend conferences, interact in online forums and social networks, and to otherwise represent the company or specific product.

    A rea....

  • SATURDAY, February 9

    Bear one another’s burdens. All carry their own loads. Which one is it? Every person for himself or herself, or we’re all in this together? What does Paul have in mind?

    Maybe Paul is saying, “Your burdens are my burdens.”

    In a very real sense, if I truly want to h....

  • FRIDAY, February 8

    “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”

    I think I get the point of the saying: try not to let words hurt your feelings. Be strong. That is helpful advice, but it isn’t very honest. In my experience, words hurt far worse than sticks and stones. The wou....

  • THURSDAY, February 7

    When we think of freedom, we often picture a complete lack of restriction on our actions. We can do what we want, when we want to do it. In Paul’s letter to the Galatians, he talks about a different kind of freedom.

    In the first verse of this chapter of Galatians, Paul tells us never....

  • WEDNESDAY, February 6

    Mountains play a significant role in the story of God. Noah’s ark comes to rest on Mount Ararat, and Moses hears from God on Mount Sinai. Jesus delivers his most famous sermon on an unnamed mountain. There are good reasons for describing significant religious moments as “mountaintop experiences.....
  • TUESDAY, February 5

    “No, Dada! I do it!”

    Part of growing up is learning to be independent. In the case of my children, they sometimes want to do things on their own before they are actually ready.

    When we read or listen to scripture, we are frequently confron....

  • MONDAY, February 4

    Paul greets each of his audiences throughout his New Testament epistles with the salutation of “grace and peace,” combining typical greetings of two cultures that comprise the early church. Grace (charis) is Paul’s play on the formal Greek greeting of chairein, while peace is....
  • SUNDAY, February 3                  4 Epiphany

    In one of my daughter’s favorite books, the lead character usually ends up in trouble shortly after confidently proclaiming to the world how much she knows. “I KNOW how to do laundry, mom!” says Olivia the pig, moments before mixing her father’s white shirts with her red socks.

    ....
  • SATURDAY, February 2 
    Presentation of Jesus in the Temple

    Few ethnic divisions have been more palpable than between first-century Jews and Gentiles. In many ways, this division represents the ultimate “us vs. them” mentality. The early church faced this controversy head-on, as we see in letters like Ephesians and Galatians, by insisting that in Jesus t....
  • FRIDAY, February 1

    The words of Psalm 51 are the words of a person who realizes the wrong he or she has committed and desires to change but believes that change can only happen with God’s help.

    These are also the words spoken by God’s people every Ash Wednesday when we are confronted with the season....

  • THURSDAY, January 31

    Ministry is hard work. Most pastors and many lay church employees reserve one day a week as their day of rest. We call, text, or email anyway: Sorry to bother you on your day off…

    In today’s gospel reading, the apostles gather around Jesus, full of stories to share and ....

  • WEDNESDAY, January 30

    I joined the Episcopal Church in 1978. Two years before, General Convention narrowly approved the ordination of women. The newly revised Book of Common Prayer was still in its trial period. I did not understand what all the fuss was about.

  • TUESDAY, January 29

    Partway through his ministry, Jesus sends his disciples out on their own—in pairs—to spread the good news. How surprised they must be when Jesus hands authority over to them—shepherds and middle managers and fishermen without formal education or credentials. Instead of their day jobs, they are....
  • MONDAY, January 28

    Don’t let the bleak winter blues demotivate you. This is the season of Epiphany! God’s love is here for all of us. Look at Jesus with the eyes of your heart and proclaim, “I believe! Alleluia!”

    The post-Christmas sales are long gone, and....

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