Lent Reflection – Am I using Jesus to justify hateful behavior?

Today is the 13th day of Lent. As a part of my practice this year, I’m reading Brian Zahnd’s Lent devotional, The Unvarnished Jesus. I journal on the scripture he’s selected and his reflection, then I post daily (or near-daily) meditations that emerge from this. The scripture for today is Luke 9:51-56, the time when […]

Lent Reflection – Are my expectations keeping me from hearing Jesus?

This is the 12th day of Lent. I’m reading Brian Zahnd’s Lent devotional, The Unvarnished Jesus, then journaling on his reflection and the scripture’s he’s selected. I’ll be posting daily (or near-daily) meditations that emerge from this. The scripture for today is Matthew 17:1-9, the stunning event we call the Transfiguration.

Lent Reflection – Am I offended by generosity?

Today is the 11th day of Lent. I’m reading scriptures about Jesus curated by Brian Zahnd in his Lent devotional The Unvarnished Jesus. As a practice of my own, I’ll be posting daily (or near-daily) short reflections on the scriptures chosen. Then I journal on his reflection and the scripture’s he’s selected. I’ll be posting […]

Lent Reflection – Am I too busy with God-talk?

Welcome to the 10th day of Lent. This year, part of my practice is reading Brian Zahnd’s Lent devotional, The Unvarnished Jesus. Then I journal on his reflection and the scripture’s he’s selected. I’ll be posting daily (or near-daily) meditations that emerge from this. Matthew 19:13-15 is the passage for today, the scene of Jesus […]

Lent Reflection – Am I escalating retribution or forgiveness?

Today is the 9th day of Lent. I’m reading Brian Zahnd’s Lent devotional, The Unvarnished Jesus, then I’m journaling on his reflection, and the scripture’s he’s selected. I’ll be posting daily (or near-daily) meditations that emerge from this. Today’s scripture is Matthew 18:21-35, a teaching and parable about forgiveness. Sounds great, but it’s not as […]

Lent Reflection – Am I despising the Little Ones?

Today is the 8th day of Lent, and this continues my series of lent reflections. I’m reading Brian Zahnd‘s Lent devotional The Unvarnished Jesus. As a practice of my own, I’ll be posting daily (or near daily) short reflections on the scriptures chosen. Matthew 18:10-14 is the scripture today. This is Matthew’s telling of the […]

Lent Reflection – Am I showing up to every argument I’m invited to?

Today is the 7th day of Lent. I’m reading scriptures about Jesus curated by Brian Zahnd in his Lent devotional The Unvarnished Jesus. As a practice of my own, I’ll be posting daily (or near daily) short reflections on the scriptures chosen. Today’s scripture is Matthew 17:24-27. A conversation about taxes turns into a teaching […]

Lent Reflection – Am I trying to buy God with faith currency?

Here’s my 6th installment of Lenten reflections. I’m reading scriptures about Jesus curated by Brian Zahnd in his Lent devotional The Unvarnished Jesus. As a practice of my own, I’ll be posting daily (or near daily) short reflections on the scriptures chosen. Matthew 17:14-21 is the scripture today. This is a passage about prayer and […]

Lent Reflection – Am I choosing power over love?

Good morning! It’s the 5th day of Lent. This is the next installment of my series of Lenten reflections based on Brian Zahnd’s Lent devotional The Unvarnished Jesus. As a practice of my own, I’ll be posting daily (or near daily) short reflections on the scriptures chosen. Today’s scripture is Matthew 4:1-11, the story of […]

Lent Reflection – Am I trying to manage how others see me?

Today is the 4th day of Lent, and I’m continuing my series of Lenten reflections. I’m reading through pastor Brian Zahnd’s Lent devotional The Unvarnished Jesus. As a practice of my own, I’ll be posting daily (or near daily) short reflections on the scriptures chosen. Today’s scripture is Mark 10:46-52, the story of Blind Bartimaeus.

Lent Reflection – Am I striving for power?

Today is the 3rd day of Lent. I’m continuing my series of Lenten reflections. I’m reading through pastor Brian Zahnd’s Lent devotional The Unvarnished Jesus. As a practice of my own, I’ll be posting daily (or near daily) short reflections on the scriptures chosen. Today’s scripture is Mark 10:32-45.

Lent Reflection – Are my things in my way?

Today continues my series of reflections for Lent. I’m reading through I’m reading through pastor Brian Zahnd‘s Lent devotional The Unvarnished Jesus. As a practice of my own, I’ll be posting daily (or near daily) short reflections on the scriptures chosen. Today is the 2nd day of Lent, and the scripture is Mark 10:17-31.

Lent Reflection – Is my mind set on human things?

Today is Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday after 5 days without power. After 11 months of various levels of COVID-19 social distancing, stay-at-home orders, and even quarantine. In some ways it feels like we’re already on the world’s longest Lent. And yet, with the weight of this past year, and the fragmented mind I’ve experienced, I […]

No, Love Does Not Require Unity.

In this challenging time, what we need is unity. We need to come together. We need to “reach across the aisle.” We need to focus on where we agree. Unity is how we’ll move forward. These and other phrases like them are impossible to avoid these days. You’ve heard them, right? I know that unity […]

We are being gathered. (Unexpected encouragement amidst the hate mail.)

Well, this past week has been a crazy emotional ride! Last week I sent out an email update. As always, the email included a link to my latest blog and podcast. It also started with an open letter to folks who follow my writing online. I thought I’d get hate mail. (Or, maybe more accurately, […]