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  • SUNDAY, April 22     4 Easter

    Fear. Anxiety. Uncertainty. Security. Prejudice. These emotions and more prompt us to place labels on people. These labels offer tidy definitions that help us deal with people who are different from us. The problem is that humans are far too complex to be fully understood or completely categorized. ....
  • SATURDAY, April 21

    I wonder if we make enough space in our lives to experience holiness. Our lives are much easier if we hold God and other things that require vulnerability at arm’s length. These holy things may be unclean, unfamiliar, foreign, or profane and require a whole-hearted courage that may seem beyond our....
  • FRIDAY, April 20

    All of us will lose something at some point in our lives—friends, family, health, jobs, opportunities, or possessions. Grief is a part of life. Faith grants us not an escape from the deep spaces of certain loss, but a container to hold them and a lens through which to see the ones we love with gre....
  • THURSDAY, April 19

    Biblically speaking, food is more than simply fuel for the body. Food offers space for community and is the direct means of connection, religious experience and worship, sacrament and miracle. Saul takes some food and regains his strength in this holy context.

    Many of us ....

  • WEDNESDAY, April 18

    Philip is compelled by the Holy Spirit to talk to a strange, foreign person parked on the side of the road in the literal middle of nowhere. The man to whom he goes could have been a criminal, a crazy person, anyone. But the Spirit nudges these strangers together, binds them as brothers in the love ....
  • TUESDAY, April 17

    Jesus comes to save our souls. His work on the cross takes all the junk out of our hearts and discards it, offering us something beautiful and life-giving in its place. We just have to be willing to make the transaction. And that’s a hard kind of will to muster.

    Simon t....

  • MONDAY, April 16

    Our stories are deeply and intimately connected to the stories of everyone else we know and many, many other people we don’t know and never will. Our wholeness and our pain are each borne by others in addition to ourselves.

    Many of us may be familiar with the killing of....

  • SUNDAY, April 15     3 Easter

    Human beings are endlessly complicated, frail, and stubborn. Not only do we bear the image of God, we also bear the likeness of one another—the good, the bad, and the ugly.

    Proof of our frailty is found in our ability to rehearse and rehash our mistakes over and over ....

  • SATURDAY, April 14

    The Holy Spirit is the star of the show in Acts. Some of us may have been conditioned to imagine the Holy Spirit as a violent, disrespectful force blowing into our lives uninvited and pummeling us into submission to God’s will.

    But what if the Holy Spirit is more like t....

  • FRIDAY, April 13

    I’m comforted in knowing that the apostles can be a little snotty and ungrateful. I have this tendency as well. The daily work of parish ministry can often feel like a distraction from what I perceive to be the real work of church. I want to spend my time sharing the sacraments, doing pastoral car....
  • THURSDAY, April 12

    Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, is saying something important. In his address to the religious elites, he talks about this strange cohort of Jesus-followers who are constantly upsetting the status quo in Jerusalem.

    As a child, my family and I visited New York City. Gazin....

  • WEDNESDAY, April 11

    Our shadows have the power to be agents of healing and wholeness when we are honest about them.

    Peter has many shadows—he’s quick-tempered, impatient, prideful, angry. And still, Jesus calls him to walk by his side. Peter’s close proximity to Jesus does not excise h....

  • TUESDAY, April 10

    Ananias and Sapphira hedge their bets. They’ve been living as members of the growing community of Jesus’ followers in Jerusalem. But when they sell a piece of property, they keep a portion of the proceeds, just in case this Jesus-business doesn’t work out. To make matters worse, instead of jus....
  • MONDAY, April 9

    I’d like to offer up my favorite bit of evidence of the presence of the Holy Spirit: It’s rooted in how our hearts respond to God’s invitation toward generous living. Generous living is not about specific amounts or really even about money.

    Today’s reading from A....

  • SUNDAY, April 8     2 Easter

    As a hospital chaplain, I encountered difficult situations every day. Once, as a huge family was spinning out of control following the unforeseen death of their patriarch, I found myself climbing onto a waiting room table, extending my hands, and saying, “Wait! I know it’s hard right now, but I ....
  • SATURDAY, April 7     Saturday in Easter Week

    The fly in the ointment of Christian faith is pride. Our faith makes absolute statements about the world and the place of faithful followers of Christ in it. It is easy to take these claims and wear them as a shield, rather than offering them as a salve. Christian history is littered with examples o....
  • FRIDAY, April 6     Friday in Easter Week

    We are in danger of becoming like the nameless, faceless crowd passing through the Beautiful Gate to worship in the temple—all the while missing the presence of God just slightly off our well-worn path.

    I vividly remember the day my clinical pastoral education group cho....

  • THURSDAY, April 5     Thursday in Easter Week

    Growing up, I heard my pastor remind the faithful not to forsake the communal nature of our Christian faith. I am struck by how many times Christian community has been pivotal in helping me to develop and grow. The faith communities that formed me have each given me special gifts that continue to sh....
  • WEDNESDAY, April 4     Wednesday in Easter Week

    When is the last time you referred a friend or family member to your favorite hairstylist, sushi restaurant, or auto mechanic? Great customer service prompts us to share those encounters with others.

    As Christians, we have experienced the best service of all time—Christ....

  • TUESDAY, April 3     Tuesday in Easter Week

    Following Christ is scandalous. His conception, birth, life, death, and resurrection are all scandals. His early followers are targets for persecution and martyrdom because of these scandals. Making waves and disturbing the peace are par for the course for Jesus and his early followers.

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