Archive | February 2012

Lent | 2.29.12

Genesis 9:8-17 Psalm 25:1-10 1 Peter 3:18-22 Mark 1:9-15 I love the way early Christian writers so configured readings of Hebrew Bible stories: they become so powerful. Certainly we know the happy little story about God and the rainbow. The rainbow is a sure sign of God’s goodness in the world, of God’s promise to be with […]

Lent | 2.28.12

Psalm 77 Job 5:8-27 1 Peter 3:8-18a When I think about Christ’s suffering for me, I tend to remove it from the realm of the uncomfortably real into a place where it can remain untouched and “pretty.” I can talk of Christ’s atoning sacrifice as a means of accomplishing my salvation, but it sits so much […]

Lent | 2.27.12

Psalm 77 Job 4:1-21 Ephesians 2:1-10 Every week, while the community gathers at the altar of my church to receive communion, ministers also practice the sacrament of unction—the anointing of those who are not whole in body or spirit. I often visit these healing ministers with the same request: “Please help me to overcome my despair.” In the […]

Lent | 2.25.12

Psalm 25: 1-10 Psalm 32 Matthew 9:2-13 The Lenten Season is an invitation to contemplate my own limitations in light of how I live. My limitations serve to remind me, if I pay attention to them, of the people, things, or ideas to which I am attached. It is not in my nature to seek discomfort (read: change, […]

Lent | 2.24.12

Psalm 25:1-10 Daniel 9:15-25a 2 Timothy 4:1-5 “Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; According to Your love remember me, for You, Lord, are good.” Psalm 25:7 As we begin a new semester and enter into the season of Lent, we are reminded of our past, and we wonder what […]

Lent | 02.23.12

Psalm 25:1-10 Daniel 9:1-141 John 1:3-10 So I turned my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and petitions, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes (Daniel 9:3). As I turn my thoughts toward Easter and how God would have me prepare for this event I am reminded of a sports mission trip I […]

Ash Wednesday | The Season of Lent | February 22nd

Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 or Isaiah 58:1-12 Psalm 51:1-17 2 Corinthians 5:20b—6:10 Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 The texts for our meditation today juxtapose outward appearance and the inner substance of faith.  When the renowned biblical scholar, Walter Brueggemann, was on the Belmont campus last fall, he proclaimed the prophetic literature of ancient Israel to be “literature for […]

’21 Days to Change’ | Day 21!

YOU DID IT! You’ve made it to the end of our ’21 Days to Change’ challenge!! Congratulations! Has that change you’ve been pursuing taken root? Does it feel more permanent? At home? Comfortable? I hope so! And I hope you are reaping the benefits that come with committing yourself to something as noble (and grand) […]

’21 Days to Change’ | Day 20

Well my friends… If you’ve not started your countdown yet… NOW is the time! We’ve officially made it to Day 20 of our 21 change challenge… Your commitment to change is something to be commended! And you should feel proud… Because (as we’ve pointed out before) not everyone is up for change. Sure, they may talk […]

’21 Days to Change’ | Day 19

Happy Saturday! And congratulations on making it to Day 19 of our ’21 Days to Change’ challenge! Can you feel the change “taking root” in you? If so, how does it feel? Is it what you expected? Is it more? How has this experience (thus far) changed the way you feel about change? Are you […]