To Take Up the Cross

Mark 8:34-38 34 And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. 35 For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the … Continue reading To Take Up the Cross

“And the Lord Grieved”

“And the Lord was sorry that he had made humankind on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.”  – Genesis 6:6, NRSV) Fire Rainbow Taken Spring 2015 This past weekend I was asked by a Facebook friend to comment on the following meme from the Celtic Christian Tradition. “The greatest single cause of … Continue reading “And the Lord Grieved”

Blessed are those – Prayerful Tuesday

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matthew 5:6 What does it mean to “hunger and thirst” for righteousness? What Jesus was saying is better understood if we understand how the 1st century audience understood righteousness.  A person listening to this scripture in the 1st century would have … Continue reading Blessed are those – Prayerful Tuesday

on being human—Prayerful Tuesday

Nursing an Ebola VictimPicture by Dr. Rudyard, Health Pictures Matthew 25: 36 “I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” One of the books I read while I was on my sabbatical was Fields of Blood, Religion and … Continue reading on being human—Prayerful Tuesday

For Unto Us – Prayerful Tuesday

John 1:1-5  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4 in him was life, and the life was the light of all … Continue reading For Unto Us – Prayerful Tuesday

A Conversation with a Psalmist –Prayerful Tuesday

As I am personally preparing for  Christmas I have been disturbed by the amount of violence and death around the world.  Peace on earth does not seem near. So as part of my morning ritual I have been doing Lectio Divina with the Psalms.  They have brought me some comfort but this Psalm struck a … Continue reading A Conversation with a Psalmist –Prayerful Tuesday

All Means ALL

My thoughts over the last couple of months have been over whelmed by the violence, the bullying, the tragedy, and the anger that has played across my TV screen, computer, radio and newspaper in the last couple of months.  I have seen the quote by some famous person that reads “those who keep silent in … Continue reading All Means ALL