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  • MONDAY, August 31

    The author of today’s epistle says we become “judges with evil thoughts” when we make distinctions between the children of God. I think the passage is referring to the desire to use and possess other people for our own benefit.

    Jesus was known for his impartiality; h....

  • SUNDAY, August 30   14 Pentecost

    I grew up in a faith community where salvation was presented as a way to have my sins forgiven so I could get to heaven after I died. This theology was an evacuation plan at its core. There wasn’t much about relationship, redemption, or renewal.

    Salvation is so much mor....

  • SATURDAY, August 29

    Pride is a dangerous thing that causes us to lose our place in God’s story; it skews our frame of reference. Instead of God being the center of the story, pride pushes us to the center of the story. We become trapped in our own small part, isolated from the greater story of God.

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  • FRIDAY, August 28

    Peter, James, and John had witnessed Jesus’ transfiguration and saw him flanked by Moses and Elijah. In Gethsemane, they witness a different transfiguration. Now, instead of seeing Jesus illumined by the dazzling glory of God, they see him twisted into a grimace of deep grief and agony.

  • THURSDAY, August 27

    I try to imagine what Jesus is feeling, knowing this is his last meal in this life. He knows the end is near and chooses to spend his last night with the ones who have been following him throughout his ministry. Jesus is unapologetic about ruining the mood as he informs them that one of them will be....
  • WEDNESDAY, August 26

    Paul and his shipmates are caught in a storm at sea and have thrown their cargo overboard. They haven’t eaten for a long time, and they are powerless as the storm wreaks havoc on their ship. Paul stands up and tells them they will be safe, but first they are going to have to run the ship aground. ....
  • TUESDAY, August 25

    The greatest thing I’ve learned in my life is that God loves me. This lesson didn’t come easy for me; I went through a lot of pain and religious searching. This lesson doesn’t come easy for most of us, but learning it changes our lives.

    I was zealous as a teenager. ....

  • MONDAY, August 24   Saint Bartholomew the Apostle

    “Success is not another name for God.” This old proverb has been on my mind; I find it popping up at random times during my day. Success is such a venerated part of our culture. As Christians, what do we mean when we talk about success?

    Success is a hard taskmaster. L....

  • SUNDAY, August 23   13 Pentecost

    Joshua calls the Israelites to be intentional and explicit about how they live their lives. They are the people God brought through the waters of the Red Sea, delivering them from slavery and bondage in Egypt. The real trick for the children of Israel wasn’t making it to the Promised Land—it was....
  • SATURDAY, August 22

    Theologian Lesslie Newbigin was asked if he was an optimist or a pessimist. He replied, “I am neither an optimist nor a pessimist. Jesus Christ is risen from the dead.” Newbigin offers a third way of viewing reality, one that avoids naiveté and cynicism. This way of looking at reality through t....
  • FRIDAY, August 21

    Sometimes the distance between what should be and what actually is can be unbearable. The effects of evil and death show themselves daily. But there are those who show us how to live in this tension: the saints, named and unnamed. I read Psalm 143 today, and I am reminded of the importance of their ....
  • THURSDAY, August 20

    We live in nonstop noise; instant and accessible communication bombards us with new information and novel ideas and sensationalism. Every two days, we create as much information as we did from the dawn of civilization up until 2003.

    But a life of deep and abiding faith is....

  • WEDNESDAY, August 19

    I recently heard Franciscan priest Richard Rohr say the common formative story for Islam, Judaism, and Christianity is of Abraham leaving everything he knows to follow God’s call to an unknown place. This story is foundational for the people of God. We may have spent our lives settling into a nich....
  • TUESDAY, August 18

    I believe God has called me to be a priest in The Episcopal Church, and I am studying for Holy Orders at an Episcopal seminary. But I had to go through a process that involved many other people, all of us trying to discern together what God’s will might be for my life.

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  • MONDAY, August 17

    Forgiveness is a process. Forgiveness is not an emotion. We are in bad shape if we wait around for some lightness of feeling to wash over us when we forgive someone of a wrong. Sometimes forgiveness is easy and can happen in an instant, but sometimes the trauma of an offense can be devastating. Ther....
  • SUNDAY, August 16   12 Pentecost

    There are many names to call the Eucharist—Holy Communion, the Mass, the Lord’s Supper. We should call it what it is: The Great Thanksgiving, and it is the anchor of my spiritual life. Despite not having participated in the liturgy of the Eucharist as part of my early formation, taking part in t....
  • SATURDAY, August 15   Saint Mary the Virgin, Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ

    I sometimes wonder why we feeble humans are chosen to work toward God’s almighty and universal purposes. With incredible mercy and grace, the Almighty chooses to work through the messiness of people to preach love and redemption to all of humanity.

    What does that tell us....

  • FRIDAY, August 14

    I used to view Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus as unique and special to Paul’s life and expression of his faith, but his conversion experience is about much more than one man’s story. Jesus’ call to each of us is an invitation into the community of all believers and the communion o....
  • THURSDAY, August 13

    Jesus walks ahead of the disciples to Jerusalem. He tells them of his impending death and the brutality that awaits him. While the words are still in the air, James and John ask Jesus for positions of honor and glory.

    It’s as if James and John never heard Jesus’ words ....

  • WEDNESDAY, August 12

    Oftentimes, when I see verses in parentheses in the daily reading citations, I make sure to read them because they are usually things I’d much rather skip over. Today’s psalm is real and raw, visceral and vital. It is a far cry from the green pastures and still waters of Psalm 23.

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