John’s Apocalypse has been a troublesome book since the beginning. Many interpreters, taking their cue from the Revelator’s promise to “show what must soon take place,” have seen in Revelation a coded sequence of end-time events. The only work remaining is to decode the symbols to reveal the book’s one true meaning. Or is it?
Lent Reflection – Do I find myself condemning other’s faith or spiritual practice?
Mark 14:1-9 is the scripture I’m spending time with today – when a woman anoints Jesus to the surprise and consternation of the other dinner guests.
Lent Reflection – Am I drawn to apocalyptic end-time teaching?
Luke 21:5-33 is the scripture I’m reading today for Lent, where Jesus predicts the destruction of the temple in apocalyptic terms.
Lent Reflection – Do I mistake my religious observance for a life that pleases God?
Today’s reading for Lent is Mark 11:12-23, Jesus’ dramatic act in the temple and his odd interaction with a fig tree.
Lent Reflection – Do I expect Jesus to make my life and the world what I want it to be?
Today is the 38th day of Lent. I’m reading Luke 19:28-44 today, Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem to crowds of hopeful and adoring fans.
Lent Reflection – Am I driven by fear of loss and death?
Today is the 37th day of Lent. John 19:38-42 is the scripture today, the burial of Jesus.
Lent Reflection – Do I think Jesus’ crucifixion was mainly meant to benefit me?
Today is the 36th day of Lent. The reading today is Luke 23:39-43, Jesus crucified between two condemned men.
Lent Reflection – Do I have a need for God to be violent?
We’re up to the 35th day of Lent. Luke 23:33-38 is today’s scripture. Jesus is crucified. Jesus forgives.
Lent Reflection – Am I tempted to ignore injustice?
This is the 34th day of Lent. The scripture today is Luke 23:27-31, when the women of Jerusalem weep for Jesus.
Lent Reflection – Am I driven to avoid discomfort and insecurity?
Today is the 33nd day of Lent. The scripture today is John 12:20-33, where Jesus talks about what it really means to follow him.
Lent Reflection – Do I serve others even when it costs me?
Today is the 32nd day of Lent. Today’s passage is Mark 15:21, a single verse that offers us a fascinating glimpse into the life of the early church.
Lent Reflection – Am I dying with Jesus?
Good morning and welcome to the 31st day of Lent. John 19:16-17 is the scripture today. Jesus carries his cross.
Lent Reflection – Do I resist Jesus’ lordship because it threatens my sovereignty?
We’ve arrived at the 30th day of Lent. Mark 15:15-20 is the scripture reading today. Jesus is stripped and mocked by the Roman soldiers.
Lent Reflection – Do I believe that sometimes violence is the right answer?
Today is the 29th day of Lent. The scripture reading today is Luke 23:13-25. Here we see Jesus before Pilate, and the choice that Pilate gave the crowd.
Lent Reflection – Am I quick to judge when I and others fail to live up to our commitments?
It’s the 28th day of Lent. The scripture today is Matthew 26:69-75, Peter’s denial of Jesus.