Our Lord and Savior was an ordinary guy who did ordinary work for most of his life.
One of the things I’m (re)learning is that fasting is one of the most helpful disciplines for listening to God and discerning his will during difficult or divided times.
I learned a lesson recently: the art of asking, in the face of seemingly impossible obstacles, “What can I do?” This takes my focus from the barriers to what is possible.
The story of the Gävle in Sweden helps us see that since the very beginning, Christmas has been under siege. In large and small ways, we’re all guilty of shooting flaming arrows.
Sometimes a single word can make a difference and give us things to think about.
We often view receiving gifts—especially of assistance, necessities or financial help—as signs of weakness.
It’s difficult, when we want to create an atmosphere of trust and good will, to recognize that we also need to be aware of the ways that sin can lurk unseen among us.
“I shouldn’t be here…” For the last three-plus years, this phrase has reverberated in my head more than once.
Honoring Native American heritage feels differently for me as a new immigrant at this particular time in history.
We are to be God’s ambassadors of reconciliation, showing how a world so bent on murdering each other can be shown how to love each other and even to do the impossible in loving our enemies.
- November 13, 2023| |
A good pastor is hard to find—in art, at least, if not life.
Would it be better to toss denominations into the ash heap of history? I don’t think so.
It’s a fairly common experience for a waitress to ignore me and only talk to the non-disabled person I’m dining with.
An Indigenous Cree and follower of Creator Sets Free (Jesus) reflects on the two lenses needed to consider the news of “no human remains found” at a Canadian residential school.
If we use our imagination, it’s possible to see loon calls as symbols of our calls to and from God. The more I explore them, the more similarities I see.
When dealing with family trauma, should Christians choose self-preservation or self-denial?
I looked at it as an opportunity to assess what needs were being met and to ask, were we providing an important experience for our congregation and neighborhood?
Certainly there were enjoyable moments reminiscent of synods past, but this was the most brutal of the four synods I have yet attended.
I wish the Parable of the Prodigal Son went just a little longer.
One of the ways I’ve identified with my Nêhiyaw culture is to come to appreciate burning sweetgrass and sage.
This plant can’t be left to its own devices or it will overtake every inch of ground it can.
The unity the Bible demands in our situation is not the unity of moderates. There are two kinds of biblical unity.
There is little quiet time anymore.
If you are not careful, these whisperings might build up to a debilitating depressive episode.