Celebrating God in the Neighborhood

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us...

Sunday Scripture Using the lens of what C.S. Lewis called "the baptized imagination," I try to picture what it must have been like for Jesus's brothers to sit around the breakfast table or to do weekend chores with a sinless sibling. After John, the Gospel writer, had opened his own lens wide enough to take… Continue reading Celebrating God in the Neighborhood

The Word Became Flesh ~ Sunday Scripture

And the Word became flesh...

Became. On this first Sunday of Advent, pause with me for a moment to soak in the stunning presence of the word "became" in connection with God the Son. Immutable and eternally uncreated, God became something else: Infinite became finite; Eternal became temporal; Invisible became visibly a baby, born in a remote part of Palestine and tethered to flesh… Continue reading The Word Became Flesh ~ Sunday Scripture

Are You Showing the Symptoms of Gratitude Derailed? Sunday Scripture

We're four days away from Thanksgiving here in the United States, and since the fourth Thursday in November is late in the month this year, we've had lots of time to prepare ourselves for a celebration of gratitude. How are you doing? I will confess to a certain grumpiness over the collision of holidays ahead… Continue reading Are You Showing the Symptoms of Gratitude Derailed? Sunday Scripture

What Will You Bring to Worship? – Sunday Scripture

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving. Psalm 95:2

What do you bring with you when you come to God? Psalm 95 suggests thanksgiving as cargo: "Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms."  (Psalm 95:1, 2) I'm thinking about… Continue reading What Will You Bring to Worship? – Sunday Scripture

Sunday Scripture ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

“You mustn’t wish for another life. You mustn’t want to be somebody else. What you must do is this: ‘Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks.’ I am not all the way capable of so much, but those are the right instructions.”

According to the Apostle Paul, gratitude is more than a pumpkin-spice-feeling. It is a matter of obedience to the will of God. Author and poet Wendell Berry put words into the mouth of a fictional, elderly widow named Hannah Coulter who, in addition to being a crackerjack farmhand when needed and probably making a great… Continue reading Sunday Scripture ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Sunday Scripture ~ Isaiah 12:1

Gratitude is a choice!

I love a decisive verb, especially when it appears in the setting of a solid, declarative sentence. Isaiah 12 is just right for this season of gratitude, falling leaves, and stiff breezes.  The prophet’s bracing words stand up to the fading light here on the far edge of the Eastern Time Zone with a pronouncement… Continue reading Sunday Scripture ~ Isaiah 12:1

Sunday Scripture ~ John 8:12, 18

How does a solid belief in Jesus’ identity as God the Son impact on the way you read His Words? On the way you live them out?

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” The Pharisees challenged him, “Here you are, appearing as your own witness; your testimony is not valid.” Jesus answered, “Even if I testify on my own behalf, my… Continue reading Sunday Scripture ~ John 8:12, 18

Sunday Scripture ~ Jeremiah 5:24

"They do not say from the heart, 'Let us live in awe of the Lord our God, for he gives us rain each spring and fall, assuring us of a harvest when the time is right.'"  Jeremiah 5:24 is set in a context of indictment for an opportunity to praise neglected, an observation of God's perfection… Continue reading Sunday Scripture ~ Jeremiah 5:24

Sunday Scripture ~ Deuteronomy 29:29

Are there chapters in your personal story that you wonder about? "Why this, Lord? What good thing could possibly come from bringing this across my path?" If so, you are in good company, for many spiritual giants have pondered the same question. Amy Carmichael, pioneer missionary to India, did her pondering in poetic form with… Continue reading Sunday Scripture ~ Deuteronomy 29:29

Sunday Scripture ~ Psalm 46:7

There’s a reason why, In the architecture of Your perfect poetry, You ordained that this foundation of a phrase Should bear repeating: “The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah”  (Psalm 46:7 and 11) Pausing at Your command to reflect on words that should stop me in my tracks everyday (but, often enough, do… Continue reading Sunday Scripture ~ Psalm 46:7