Reading: Matthew 19:23-30 Reflection Don’t worry, Jesus isn’t talking about you. This was only directed toward some specific people a long time ago. And it’s all metaphorical anyway, so don’t even think about taking this literally. Jesus doesn’t want you to change anything about your priorities or how your use your resources. You’re doing just […]
These are primarily devotions written as Daily Devotions from Fourth Presbyterian Church.
Reading: Matthew 15:1-20 Reflection In today’s reading we have two passages in which Jesus confronts the religious leaders and traditions of his day. In both cases he subverts the tradition with not so subtle challenges to the guardians of those traditions. It is good to be reminded that Jesus was a revolutionary. He was passionately […]
Reading: Matthew 6:1-8 Reflection There is a fine line between avoiding hypocrisy and retreating into an overly privatized practice of faith. In this section of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus is warning his followers to avoid the pitfalls of the “hypocrites” who go to great lengths to make their expressions of faith known to […]
Reading: Deuteronomy 6:16-25 Reflection Several years ago, when my wife and I were waiting to bring our firstborn son home from the hospital, I found myself holding him in my arms and anxiously pacing the floor, ready to get him home as soon as possible. During that precious time together, without really thinking about it, […]
Reading: Luke 12:32-48 Reflection The simple message of this passage is this: be ready when Christ returns to usher in the kingdom of God. When considered in the context of the early church, it becomes more complicated. Most of the New Testament writers expected Christ to return within their lifetime. They spoke in urgent and […]