Yesterday was Ascension Day, traditionally celebrated on the 40th day of the Easter season. Luke is the only Gospel writer who gives the actual story of Jesus’ Ascension into heaven. Luke’s Gospel is also the only one that has a sequel, which we know as the book of Acts. Acts chapter 1 begins with a … Continue reading Authority, Power, and Witness →
What Leviticus 25-26 teaches us about restoring sabbaths to the land.
I am participating in a community group currently studying the book of Leviticus. Much of Leviticus deals with the question, “What does it mean to come as a people, as a community, into the presence of the Almighty God?”
I’m coming back to Psalm 16 this week. This psalm challenges me with a fundamental question which becomes more obvious and pointed in hard times like this pandemic: What are we depending on?
For churches which follow the church calendar, this coming Sunday is the Second Sunday of Easter. Easter is not so much a one-day celebration of the resurrection of Jesus as it is a season to reflect on the meaning of the Resurrection for our lives. After seven Sundays of the Easter season comes the day … Continue reading The New Era of Resurrection →
It is Good Friday during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Our whole world is different. It seems out of control. In North America, we are accustomed to being in control of our lives. We value our independence and want to live, work, play, and worship as we please. Our leaders want to be in control of their … Continue reading Good Friday Reflections →
A number of years ago, a pastor and spouse were referred to a psychologist for help in parenting two young children.
My father is spending this Father’s Day in the hospital. His situation reminds me that all of us live in the reality of a “soon, but not yet” existence. What we thought a week ago was to be an overnight stay because of some recent falls turned out to be more complicated. By mid-week, geographically … Continue reading Soon, but not yet →
On this day that Christians call “Good Friday” I am reflecting on why Jesus had to die. In some devotional readings this past week, I have been struck by how our sinful human condition produces a world in which something or someone has to die in order for life to continue for others. W. Phillip … Continue reading Reflections for Good Friday →