What’s the template for your life?

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

“Jesus unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: 18 ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.’” [Luke 4:17b-19]

 What words would be on the scroll you would unroll to account for the way you have spent your life? Have you experienced the power and presence of the Spirit in your life? Did you engage the poor and bring them good news? Did you befriend those held captive by addictions or injustice? Did you walk alongside those struggling to see more clearly a way forward in their lives? Did your relationships cultivate freedom for others? Did you give glory to God, speaking favorably of God?  Continue reading What’s the template for your life?

Are you reluctant to step up?

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

“When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘Woman what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.’” [John 2:3-4]

Have you ever been asked to step up to a responsibility only to respond, “Not now?” I remember just two weeks after my arrival at my first pastorate an individual from the Police Department came to me and asked me to be a volunteer police chaplain for the department, as they urgently wanted a woman pastor to join their ranks. Although, I didn’t use Jesus’ words, I definitely did not think it was time for me to step up, for I barely knew what it would take to be a pastor let alone add the responsibilities of being a volunteer chaplain, too. Continue reading Are you reluctant to step up?

SOLIDARITY WITH US

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

“Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened.” [Luke 3:21]

One of the hazards of the Christian liturgical calendar is that Jesus grows up all too quick.  We are not given much time to linger at the manger, especially if we include the Matthew texts, which catapults us into the reality of our power hungry world. This coming Sunday, we find ourselves at the Jordan, with people streaming to John the Baptist for the baptism of forgiveness. Of course, Jesus shows up, too. But, wait, Jesus is without sin and not in need of forgiveness.  Why, would he come to the Jordan? Why do you think Jesus came to the Jordan?  I suggest it is to demonstrate that he is in solidarity with us, Continue reading SOLIDARITY WITH US