We have turned our eyes to carefully track the steps of Jesus all week. We watched as the crowd cheered and gawked at his ironic, and somehow still triumphant entrance in to the city. The crowd shouted “Hosanna! Save us!” and we too, echo their cry in our own ways every day, “Jesus, save us…” […]Read More None of this went as planned
“It just all seems so…divided.” The descant rolls on and on from so many of my friends and peers; believers from all walks of life. The words are paced with shocking consistency. They are set to a meter like a metronome, the rise and fall undifferentiated. And it’s true, I can’t remember a time in […]Read More Riding in on a donkey
It was over a year ago now (but it seems like just last week) when I noticed it. Piles everywhere. Clean clothes, dirty clothes, outfits tried on and off and discarded for a more preferable option before leaving for a morning meeting. Piles and piles and piles. And at once, I was over it. Enough […]Read More That Time I Gave Away Half of My Clothes (and other ideas on how to practice simplicity during Lent)
I’ve found myself altogether discontent lately. Maybe it’s just that I’m tired of wearing snow boots and my sub-zero parka every day. Maybe it’s just that the sunlight never seems to come bright enough, for long enough. Maybe it’s that as I pound out miles on the treadmill, unattainable images of which to measure beauty […]Read More Owned (A Lenten Meditation on Excess and Simplicity)
They were looking for Him among the ranks. Violent. Powerful. Hungry for a bloody fight and glorious victory. A liberator. Messiah. Someone to overthrow the government Oppressive Corrupt Caesar certainly didn’t affirm traditional Jewish values. Surely God would erect a political leader who would uphold such beliefs. They looked in the political sphere They looked […]Read More A Reflection on Resurrection
it feels cheap sometimes… flowers and pastel eggs new clothes and spit-shined shoes bright, smiling faces and human-sized bunny rabbits (creepy) large, roasted hams and perfectly pressed linens have we missed it? in the name of celebrating, have we missed it? the darkness the ugly the horror the nakedness and blood the […]Read More a cheap remembrace.
“Then your light will break out like the dawn, and you will be healed quickly.” It’s a dark, sick and broken world we live in. You don’t have to look very hard to see how bad it is. War. Famine. Rape. Abuse. Broken families. Broken hearts. HIV/AIDS. Malaria. Cancer. We all experience it in one […]Read More A Series of Prayer (while we await our redemption)
“Is [true fasting] not to share your share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— …and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?” Sometimes I wonder what archaeologist and anthropologists would think about our culture if they dug up ruins of 21st century America thousands […]Read More A Lenten Meditation: For fasting and fellowship.