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An Authority Recreated in Gentleness is Peace

Matthew 11:27 “All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. 28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Read More »

A Revelation for the Little Children

Matthew 11: 25 At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; 26 yes, Father, for such was your gracious will …”

The point of the above scripture is not an indictment of education or knowledge, any more than it is an indictment of age. Jesus does say that God revealed the revelation of Jesus Christ to “little children,” but the disciples were not little children, in the literal sense of the word. They were, however, “like little children” in that they were more than willing and ready to admit their total dependency upon God. They were willing and ready to follow Jesus’ teaching. The wise and understanding from whom God hides the revelation of Jesus Christ are those who deem themselves self-sufficient, super wise, and above any need for God. These are the ones who do not see Christ’s revelation; these are the ones from whom God withholds it. The little children who do see it are those who depend upon God and are willing to be taught. To them, God freely reveals all. Read More »

The Stubbornness and The Journey

We are a stubborn lot. Let’s not fool ourselves with grandiose visions of our spiritual selves. We are a notoriously stubborn bunch of people, especially as it concerns matters of faith. Very, very few of us will break from the early patterns we set - or that were set for us - in our spiritual journey. Why do you suppose that is? Why do you suppose we think we have arrived, when in actuality God only extended to us an invitation to begin a life-long journey? We are invited, by God, to join him in a journey that only begins when we humble ourselves and say, “Yes!” The journey begins when we say yes to God! We are all invited to this “Yes!” I wonder, however, why and how so many of us confuse or mistake the invitation for the party? Read More »

ASBO Jesus on Loving Neighbor as Much as Self

If you haven’t discovered The Ongoing Adventures of ASBO Jesus, serendipity is yours!

ASBO Jesus Cartoon

… think about the above cartoon for a bit this morning.

A Herd of Ragamuffins: The Body of Christ

The Body of Christ is a beautiful assembly of recreated ragamuffins. We are people who realized that we could not do this thing called life all on our own. We need one another; we need God. We are people who have made good on Christ’s grace-laden invitation. We are people who live and work in God’s Kingdom, in spite of ourselves. Only a ridiculously loving God would have – or could have – imagined and made real a body of people like this. We don’t deserve the Church, but we have it. Not only do we have it, but we also are it! We are the Church; we are the Body of Christ! Blemished as the Church is as a result of its composition (us), it shines beautiful because Christ made it so through his perfect life, ministry, death, and resurrection. The Church is, therefore, beautifully pure, in spite of the blemish we bring to it with our presence. It’s quite a picture. It’s remarkably beautiful, thanks to Christ Jesus. Jesus is the beautiful shepherd who gently herds us. We are his Church.

The Season’s First Snow

The two large, glass windows mathematically parting the otherwise solid interior of my study have blessed me with an amazing view of nature’s artistry and God’s imagination. An irenic and cascading white has been steadily transforming the motionless into motion. Everything is moving outside, at least from the vantage point of my manufactured desk chair. Life extends well beyond the thin glass border through which I curiously peer. It’s humbling. It’s beautiful. I can’t help but to sit still and quietly re-visit the familiar but often neglected awe inspired by the luminous. God is indescribably creative. God is good. Read More »

The Divine Liberation of the Utterly Helpless

“When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.” - Romans 5:6

Have you ever been in a situation wherein you were totally and utterly helpless? Have you ever experienced a moment in your life when you knew that you could do nothing to change the outcome? Have you? Have you ever been trapped in a moment when nothing you could do, say, or think would affect, effect, or even influence the conclusion? I think we have all been there at some point in our lives. If you have not already been in such a predicament, you will be someday. I promise. Why would I heap such a rotten sounding promise upon you, my friends? Well, because it is true. Read More »

Living Water Living Color

John 7:37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”

Our everydays are filled with beautiful and wonderful things but even the most beautiful and the most wonderful things of this world satisfy neither the thirst we have for the Divine, nor our deep desire for Sacred Community. Thirsty, and driven, we search madly for a hidden spring. When we stumble upon this hidden spring, or when God gracefully leads us to it, a much deeper understanding is born within each of us as we thankfully drink. A much bigger painting is revealed to us. Its living color points us towards a God who completely loves, embraces, satisfies, and challenges. This amazing painting hangs there, quietly, living on the face of today, and begs us to keep painting it together. This is Divinity; this is sacred community. We all thirst for these things, deeply. Our thirst is satisfied as we drink from a hidden spring.

Lo-Fi Tribe: Fourteen Stations of the Cross

Lo-Fi Tribe’s Fourteen Stations of the Cross Table of Hyper-link Contents: 1. Jesus Is Condemned to Death. 2. The Cross is Laid Upon Him. 3. Jesus’ First Fall. 4. Jesus Encounters His Mother. 5. Simon Carries Jesus’ Cross. 6. Veronica Wipes Jesus’ Face with a Cloth. 7. Jesus Falls a Second Time. 8. Jesus Speaks to Jerusalem Women. 9. Jesus’ Third fall. 10. Jesus is Stripped. 11. Jesus is Crucified. 12. Jesus’ Death on the Cross. 13. Jesus Taken Down. 14. Jesus Entombed.

First Station: Jesus Is Condemned to Death

ASV Mark 15:1-5 And as soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole Council. And they bound Jesus and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate. 2 And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.” 3 And the chief priests accused him of many things. 4 And Pilate again asked him, “Have you no answer to make? See how many charges they bring against you.” 5 But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed.

Idealists, preachers, magic workers, and zealots were a dime a dozen in the Mediterranean world of the 1st century. This world was not short of religious, political, or social idealism, by any stretch of the imagination. Read More »