Today is Palm Sunday. The day that Christians celebrate Christ's entrance into Jerusalem. I think that the way Christ came to Jerusalem is very instructive for us. Though he had the right to all power and authority in heaven and on earth, he rode into Jerusalem on a donkey colt, a humble pack animal. There… Continue reading Just a simple donkey.
Yesterday I was thinking about perfection and the way that God demands it. Ironically, when Adam and Eve ate the fruit that would make them "like God" they lost their perfect goodness. Ever since, humanity has balked at God's desire for perfection in our lives. Or at least, I know I do. Why would God… Continue reading Just Perfect
The internet was ablaze this morning with news and opinions about both Officer Wilson and Michael Brown. It is more than one person can adequately digest. Accusations flying everywhere from news media, religious groups of all stripes, and scores of thoughts being put out there on blogs like this one. So for me to even… Continue reading A Sister of a Police Officer Reacts to Ferguson
Everybody has something (or several things) that they struggle with. At least for me, it seems that I have some things I struggle with for a season and some things that are recurring themes in my life. One of those things for me is finding balance and Sabbath. For as long as I've had some… Continue reading The All Too Elusive Sabbath
This morning I started reading Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales. A friend of mine gave it to me when she was cleaning out her bookshelves. I have been looking for something new to read during my devotional time and thought I would give it a chance. Well I'm only a couple pages… Continue reading True Devotion
Every time I read the title this song starts playing in my head... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAJ4y48MLXM ... just me? Ok, back to the actual topic of this post. Things were a little hectic around our house for a week or so when we got back from Colorado. We came in at 12:30am Sunday night/Monday morning, dropped our bags,… Continue reading It Will Still Be There…
The biggest thing that I will take away from my time in Seminary is my "theology brain". What I mean by that is I can rarely just sit and listen to something anymore, especially in church but also in my everyday life. In church, I am constantly trying to understand the theological implications behind what… Continue reading Finding the Gospel in Unexpected Places
Our campus chaplain at the University where I work put together a lenten devotional for the campus and asked different members of the University community to write the devotion for each day. I was honored to be one of the ones he asked and thought the readers of the blog might enjoy it too. Isaiah… Continue reading A God of Redemption
Because I procrastinate everything, I'm just now deciding to get in on this 7 posts in 7 days fiesta that is going on at Conversion Diary. The only way that this is going to happen is if I write about whatever idea is floating around in my head each day. However, that's kind of dangerous.… Continue reading [Stream of Consciousness] Why Did We Have to Sin?
The other day I was thinking. And then, Sarah thought it warranted a blog post. Since it is a snow day here, and class was cancelled, I figured I had time to work on it. Why was Jesus crucified? Jesus came, lived, and died to take away the sins of the world. When He died… Continue reading Why was Jesus Crucified? and How Can We See the Mission of the Church in the Nation of Israel?