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  • THURSDAY, July 30

    This is Jesus, electrifying a room or a courtyard or a hill, calling people out for their hypocrisy and backing his contention with fact. Jesus reminds those gathered that there is a problem when we worship rules, when we assign spiritual busywork for gold stars, when we forget that the “why” is....
  • WEDNESDAY, July 29

    I can imagine one of my students telling me this story, all breathless and slightly sweaty, with a tiny bit of lunch left in the brackets of their braces. It would go something like this:

    In less than 24 hours, Jesus has cancelled our vacation, fed five thousand men and wh....

  • TUESDAY, July 28

    The longer I chew over this feast of a story, the deeper the flavors become. Jesus, even though he’s supposed to be enjoying some time with his friends, pulls off one of the greatest dinner parties ever recorded. There’s no moment of deep and rising panic when all the guys can come up with is a ....
  • MONDAY, July 27

    Paul and Barnabas seem to agree on a key point of their disagreement. Their disagreement was never about the life-changing message of the life and love of Jesus. In fact, the whole issue seems to be rooted in whether Barnabas’ nephew was going to keep traveling with them. This is so not about Jesu....
  • SUNDAY, July 26   9 Pentecost

    The word “beloved” is found 130 times in the NRSV translation of the Bible. “Sinner” appears 83 times. God knows us well enough to call us both and is merciful to forgive our sins, treating us in all things as beloved.

    Jesus asks us to love people who are not just....

  • SATURDAY, July 25   Saint James the Apostle

    I feel for Jeremiah. He’s got a lot of really heavy knowledge to drop. There’s no, “We like what you’ve done with Part A. Part B is a huge mess, and is probably going to ruin you and everyone else you know, including your pets. But Part C is just what we were looking for.” Jeremiah’s wor....
  • FRIDAY, July 24

    Those July days seemed to lengthen the daylight, and it seemed like we could play Capture the Flag for hours between dinner and Compline. Invariably, a massive jailbreak on both sides would end with a truce and canteen treats.

    Somehow, between the last flag finally being ....

  • THURSDAY, July 23

    He must have looked like the living dead, rushing the boat full of men, streaking out of the place of the dead with his wild hair and unkempt clothing, reeking of his own sweat and the decay of the corpses. He was clearly out of his mind, babbling and spitting, swearing and begging.

  • WEDNESDAY, July 22   Saint Mary Magdalene

    I think about her when I’m having lunch with my girlfriends or talking on the phone to my best friend. When I braid my hair or help a friend get ready for a big night out, she seems to be lurking at the edge of my thoughts. I think about her when I catch myself “den-mothering” the folks I work....
  • TUESDAY, July 21

    The crowd that besieges Paul and Barnabas in the last part of our reading from Acts could have been lifted right out of Britain in the 1960s, with Paul and Barnabas played by Paul McCartney and John Lennon. Their clothes are torn, people are screeching adulation and acting crazy. The level of excite....
  • MONDAY, July 20

    In this story, Saul mistakes David’s meekness, his mercy and kindness for weakness. The story of David illustrates meekness as one of his greatest strengths. A thousand years later, Jesus, understanding the profound and life-changing energy of the meek, proclaims they will inherit the earth.

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  • SUNDAY, July 19   8 Pentecost

    We live in Rome. The letter to the Christians living in Rome is just as much for and about us as it was for and about the church in Rome two thousand years ago.

    The Christians in Rome were decidedly outside the dominant culture. They were living in a political and social ....

  • SATURDAY, July 18

    Life coaches and therapists tell us that an entire emotional cycle takes ninety seconds to begin, peak, and dissipate. This is a reminder I’ve committed to memory—I’m talking marked, read, and inwardly digested it for all the flavor and nourishment it has to offer. Knowing that all I have to d....
  • FRIDAY, July 17

    Today we remember William White, a pioneer with a clear vision for the Church to love the broken and dying, for Jesus’ sake. He called the church to a deeper commitment, a more robust chorus to proclaim the gospel to the new nation.

    William White lobbied hard and succes....

  • THURSDAY, July 16

    This phrase appears thirty-two times in the NRSV translation of the Bible. I think anytime something is repeated more than three times, it’s probably worth paying extra attention to. In today’s story, just as in the other thirty-odd times this phrase is used in the Bible, God is asking us to tak....
  • WEDNESDAY, July 15

    One of the things I am most sure about in this life is that Jesus loves sinners. He loves us in the midst of our brokenness and determination to be difficult on general principle. And he doesn’t just love the hope of the resurrected version of us. He loves us in the very present moment of our sin,....
  • TUESDAY, July 14

    In this story from Mark, we have one of a handful of moments when we see Jesus being like the rest of us, just home from a business trip. I imagine him with his feet up, sitting on his porch and enjoying a little quiet before the next trip.

    Instead of his iPhone pinging li....

  • MONDAY, July 13

    The writer of Mark must have had a soft spot in his heart for teenagers. His stories, so much like the stories my seventh-grade students used to tell, are full of words like “immediately,” “right then,” “as soon as.” Everyone is involved. Everything is important. And it’s all happening....
  • SUNDAY, July 12   7 Pentecost

    The church carillon behind our old house was broken from the time we moved in during the springtime right up until the bells started ringing on Christmas Eve. Knowing the carillon belonged to a Lutheran church, I was especially delighted when it kept ringing right on through Christmastide. But by mi....
  • SATURDAY, July 11

    Saul dresses David for battle in the way he would dress himself to take the field. But David is not a solider. Those clothes, the way Saul does things, the way Saul is king—none of those fit David. In fact, God has called David to be king precisely because of the ways he is so different from Saul.....

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