Scripture Reading: Luke 8:1-15 Reflection If the gospel has the power to transform lives and change the world, ideally it would be easy to understand and communicate. So why does Jesus go out of his way to talk about the good news of God's kingdom in parables and cryptic metaphors? What's with … Read more about Ears to Hear and Eyes to See
This is my final Fourth Church Daily Devotion, published today. Scripture Reading---Mark 1:14-15 After John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee announcing God's good news, saying, "Now is the time! Here comes God's kingdom! Change your hearts and lives, and trust this good news!" … Read more about The Good News I Have Preached
Scripture Reading: Mark 11:1-11 Reflection Along with John Dominic Crossan, the late Marcus Borg pointed out the unmistakably political nature of Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. It was a mockery of the way Jerusalem's Roman rulers would have entered the city, and by staging this … Read more about The Gospel is Political
Scripture Reading: Mark 1:40-45 Reflection Choices. It is interesting that the leper frames his request to Jesus for healing with "If you choose . . ." It is equally interesting that Jesus acknowledges and honors this way of asking by responding, "I do choose." I think this primed me to … Read more about Choices
Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:43-48 Reflection The first time I traveled to Cuba was about six weeks after September 11, 2001. The events of that fateful day were still very fresh in our hearts and minds, and our nerves were still quite raw. We were just beginning to figure out what it means to … Read more about On Loving Our Enemies
As a way to introduce our congregation to the new Glory to God Presbyterian hymnal, the Daily Devotions at Fourth Presbyterian Church are currently based on hymn lyrics. I wrote the following devotion based on a stanza of George Croly's "Spirit of God, Descend upon My Heart." I ask no dream, no … Read more about Go Big or Go Home?
As a way to introduce our congregation to the new Glory to God Presbyterian hymnal, the Daily Devotions at Fourth Presbyterian Church are currently based on hymn lyrics. I wrote the following devotion, based on John Oxeham's "In Christ There Is No East or West", before our high school mission trip … Read more about When North and South Meet
Scripture Reading: Exodus 15:1-18 Reflection This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, which began in April of 1994. It has been estimated that as many as one million people were killed in this mass slaughter of Tutsi and moderate Hutu by members of the Hutu majority … Read more about What to Do with Biblical Genocide?