Romans 8:18-25 “What Do We Mean by Hope?”

In 1 Corinthians 13 Paul says that three abide: faith, hope, and love. Perhaps few words are as precious to us as followers of Jesus as these three terms.  But what do they mean? Even these wonderful words have been distorted in our culture and unfortunately by some Christians over… Continue reading

Matthew 6:25-34 “Dealing With Worry”

Today is the tomorrow I worried about yesterday and the yesterday I will feel guilty about tomorrow. I don’t remember when I first heard those words, but the truth they communicated hit me like a ton of bricks. For too much of my life I have spent energy worrying over… Continue reading

Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s “This-Worldliness”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German pastor and theologian who was one of the leaders of the Confessing Church in Germany in its opposition to Hitler and Nazism. Bonhoeffer was arrested by the Nazis, imprisoned, tortured, and executed on April 9, 1945, just weeks before the Allies liberated the prison in… Continue reading

Matthew 3:13-17 “Taking the Plunge”

It may seem strange to jump from Christmas to Jesus’ baptism, from his birth to his early to mid-thirties. But in making that leap, we are following the Scriptures. With the exception of Luke’s account of a family pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem when Jesus was 12 years old,… Continue reading

The Eternal Infancy of God

When we say God is “eternal,” we mean that God is eternally young. (Meister Eckhart) The traditional image of God as an old man encrusted in tradition and sitting on a throne encased with the cobwebs of eternity just doesn’t seem appropriate at Christmas when we celebrate the coming of… Continue reading

Matthew 6:34 “One Very Small Thing”

Some years ago Elizabeth O’Connor, author and staff member of the Church of the Savior in Washington, D.C., introduced me to the life and diaries of a most remarkable woman. Her name was Etty Hillesum and she wrote her diaries during the years of 1941-1943. She was Jewish living in… Continue reading

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