Monthly Archives: February 2014

Die | Mark 8:34-38

Today we remember our predecessor in the church, Polycarp. For those who – like me – remember little about this Saint of our faith, Polycarp was the Bishop in Smyrna (modern day Turkey) in the 2nd century. At that time, Christians weren’t being sought out for persecution, but if they were accused and they refused […]

Fast | Isaiah 58:1-9

What kind of fast are you doing during Lent? Lent is the season of 40 days (not counting Sundays) that precedes Easter. Starting with Ash Wednesday (this year, March 5th) we add and remove things from our lives in order to get us ready to celebrate the Resurrection. This often includes adding things like prayer, […]

WHEN | Matthew 18:15-20

Jesus gives some unusually clear instructions on what to do if someone in the church family hurts us. Strange, right? Because Jesus was always answering questions with questions, or making a point by telling a story that we begin to understand after hearing it for 30 years. He must have thought this was pretty important. […]

You, Too | 1 Cor. 11:23-26

On Christmas Eve, during communion, someone said something profound. As usual, I was serving the bread. As usual, I told each person that that they were receiving “the body of Christ, broken for you.” As usual, most people ate the bread in silence. But one person gave a unique verbal response: “You, too.” At first, […]