Lent Reflection – Do I use others’ pain to justify my beliefs?

Today is the 19th day of Lent. 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. Today we read Luke 13:1-5, a strange little interaction where Jesus talks about tragedy and repentance.

Lent Reflection – Do I treat some people as irredeemable?

Today is the 18th day of Lent. I’m reading Brian Zahnd’s Lent devotional, The Unvarnished Jesus this year. For my own practice, I’m journaling on the scripture he’s selected and his reflection, then I post daily (or near-daily) meditations that emerge from this. Today we find ourselves reading Luke 19:1-10, the famous children’s story about […]

Lent Reflection – Do I judge others’ righteousness & purity?

It’s the 17th 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. Luke 18:9-14 is today’s scripture, a parable that warns against using […]

Lent Reflection – Is my need to stay busy keeping me from being present?

This is the 15th day of Lent. I’m reading Brian Zahnd’s Lent devotional, The Unvarnished Jesus. I journal on the scripture he’s selected and his reflection, then as part of my Lent practice, I’m posting daily (or near-daily) meditations. Luke 10:38-42 is today’s scripture, the contrast between Mary and Martha..

Lent Reflection – Do I limit who I will be a neighbor to?

We’re up to the 14th 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. Luke 10:25-37 is the scripture today. In yesterday’s reading, […]

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 […]