Lent Reflection – Do I have a need for God to be violent?

We’re up to the 35th day of Lent. I’m continuing 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. Luke 23:33-38 is today’s scripture. Jesus is crucified but still forgives.

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 […]

OK, I admit it. I hate forgiveness too.

When my children turned 5 and 6, I started re-living my own elementary school experiences. Apparently comebacks haven’t changed much in 35 years. Call someone a name and you’ll hear, “I know you are, but what am I?” Mention that odor wafting in, someone will chime, “Whoever smelt it, dealt it!” Blame someone for something, […]