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  • TUESDAY, November 25

    We’ve all met them. People who think they know it all. People who assume they have the best ideas, the most important words, and an opinion that might as well be a fact. Perhaps we’ve even been those people from time to time. I wonder if that is the “wisdom of this world” of which Paul is wr....
  • MONDAY, November 24

    One thing that continues to amaze me about the art of parenting is how forgiveness works. I don’t know about your family, but in ours, we make mistakes. We hurt each other, we offend each other, and, if I’m honest, we do it more than I would care to admit. And we forgive each other. We try to be....
  • SUNDAY, November 23       Last Sunday after Pentecost

          Christ the King

    Jesus is a strange king. Matthew minces no words: the Son of Man, Jesus himself, will sit on the heavenly throne judging the world. That’s some deeply royal imagery. Clearly there is a connection to King David and Israel’s long-awaited return to glory. But what kind of king is this?

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  • SATURDAY, November 22

    Ever had one of those days? One of those days when everything seems to fall off the rails and nothing seems to go your way? We all have, I suspect, and we will likely have them again. Perhaps you’re having one of those days today, or you might have had one recently. I find these days are their own....
  • FRIDAY, November 21

    A couple of years ago, our apple trees produced fruit for the very first time. We planted them three years before, and after a long wait, they were ready. Only they weren’t quite ready. The thing about apples is that they look ready before they are entirely ripe, particularly the yellow varieties.....
  • THURSDAY, November 20

    I imagine Jesus looking around, eyes twinkling like a three-year-old in a candy shop, gazing at his hearers and saying, “the kingdom of God is among you.” I imagine their stunned faces, gaping mouths, and furrowed brows. Where is he going with this?

    We find Jesus speak....

  • WEDNESDAY, November 19

    Did you catch that? Jesus was in between. He was going between Samaria and Galilee. He was in no man’s land, in that liminal space, the threshold between what was and what is to be. The gospel of Luke takes great pains to draw out the threads of Jesus’ expanding mission to the Samaritans and Gen....
  • TUESDAY, November 18

    It is amazing to me how the little things that I say to my children can be life-giving or soul crushing. A word of encouragement said with a smile can delight them or lead to giggles and laughter. A comment that is gruff or loud, judgmental or guilt-inducing, can elicit tears, tantrums, or sadness. ....
  • MONDAY, November 17

    Fine linen and purple attire must not be Jesus’ favorite threads. He has some harsh words to say to the rich man. Apparently the rich man was too busy with his life and wealth to pay much attention to poor Lazarus at his gate. Lazarus is honored in the afterlife, while the rich man pays dearly.
  • SUNDAY, November 16       23 Pentecost

    I’ve never had a thief come in the night, but I have had smoke alarms go off in the middle of the night. It is not a pleasant way to wake up. Fortunately we’ve never had an actual fire, but the abruptness of the sudden waking is still shocking. You don’t recover quickly from that kind of awake....
  • SATURDAY, November 15

    The gospel writer’s incisive comment about the Pharisees as lovers of money is striking. Their love of money must have been a distinguishing factor, something for which they were particularly known. And the Pharisees, of course, were part of the religious establishment of the day. All of which mak....
  • FRIDAY, November 14

    It’s amazing to me how quickness and listening have had so little in common for most of my life. I can be quick about a good number of things. I can be quick to lend a hand, quick to speak up, quick to get annoyed, but when it comes to listening, well, the quickness is not as present as I’d like....
  • THURSDAY, November 13

    I often find myself walking a fine line between keeping my kids safe and protected and exposing them to risk and challenge. I know they will only learn and grow if they wrestle and are stretched, but I hate to see them in pain or fear. Parenting, like life, takes a good bit of deep breathing and let....
  • WEDNESDAY, November 12

    God seems to have a thing for hearts. Time and again in scripture we hear of God being concerned with people’s hearts. This is striking because we often get hung up on the externals of our faith practice. Or, to flip the words of the prophet Joel, we rend our clothing and not our hearts. You might....
  • TUESDAY, November 11

    I love my family. They bring me immense joy and laughter. We have fun together, we cry together, we play together, and we work together. More often than not, they are the reason I get up in the morning. Whether it’s an extended family reunion, a date night with my wife, or making pancakes on a Sat....
  • MONDAY, November 10

    Ten years ago, I saw a film that has had a deep and lasting impression on me. The film Antwone Fisher is about a troubled young man searching for his place in the world. It’s about coming home again for the first time. It’s about having a place at the table for all of us. The film opens with a d....
  • SUNDAY, November 9       22 Pentecost

    “But that’s not fair,” is a common refrain around our house. If one kid gets to go to a friend’s house, and the other doesn’t, there’s a protest and proclamation of unfairness. Children seem to have a built-in fairness meter. Admittedly their perception of fairness tends to skew toward w....
  • SATURDAY, November 8

    A couple of weeks ago, my six-year-old son was having a rough morning. It happened to be a Sunday morning, and I was due to preach in thirty minutes. We were going to be late to church, and he was throwing a fit. In the midst of trying to help him regain some equilibrium, I could tell that what he r....
  • FRIDAY, November 7

    I often feel over my head. There are too many things to be done, too many small people needing something from me, too many dishes to be washed, and way too much laundry. I know there are ways our family can simplify. I know these can be learning moments. I know there are organizational systems we ca....
  • THURSDAY, November 6

    My three-year-old daughter has a very active imagin-ation. Yesterday, she saw an athlete on TV and declared his name to be Shawn (it wasn’t) and that he was her friend. She regularly crafts some elaborate narrative about a fictional world a long time ago “when she was five.” As I listened to h....

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