Dying Before We Die, Part 2 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die... Ecclesiastes 3:1-2a Nature has no edges. Sharp, straight edges and clear lines of demarcation are human, not divine inventions. In my former work as a … Continue reading Dying Before We Die, Part 2
Dying Before We Die, Part 1 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. Romans 8:13-14 Many people fear death more … Continue reading Dying Before We Die, Part 1
Peace! Be Still! He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. Mark 4:39 Jesus had been teaching to a crowd on the banks of the Sea of Galilee. Evening came and Jesus said to his disciples, “Let … Continue reading Peace! Be Still!
How Did I Miss That? Part 7: Resurrection is a Reoccurring Reality Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. John 12:24 I do not know how I missed it, but resurrection is … Continue reading How Did I Miss That? Part 7: Resurrection is a Reoccurring Reality
Graduation: Death and Resurrection While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. Luke 24:36-37 Last week, my son moved out of his fraternity house. After four years at the University of … Continue reading Graduation: Death and Resurrection
The River, a Sugar Maple, and Jesus On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. Revelation 22:2 The image of time as a river is powerful for me. A … Continue reading The River, a Sugar Maple, and Jesus
Resurrection And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Revelation 21:5 Lately, I have been contemplating resurrection. Among the images conjured up by the word are revival, rejuvenation, and rebirth. Earlier this week, I got a call from a police detective. He was at my brother’s … Continue reading Resurrection