Tag Archives: Christian discipleship

A Jesus I might follow

An amazing thing happened when Jesus met that Canaanite woman (Matt. 15:21-28). It’s not that Jesus healed the woman’s daughter and might have done so remotely. It’s not that he had close contact with someone his social and religious training insisted he avoid. What’s amazing is that when this foreign woman challenged him, he learned […]

Love’s yoke

It may be time to reread your Christian discipleship agreement. When you do, pay attention to the fine print. The invitation says something about an easy yoke and a light burden (Matt. 11:25-30), and if you’re feeling weary and heavy laden you might stop there. Keep reading, and you’ll find a model for effective prayer […]

On becoming who you are

In early summer, I look for good commencement speeches. I look for speeches that offer sound advice for living, insights that help me wear my life better, timeless truth dressed in fresh language. Most of what I find offer little more than ordinary boilerplate, quickly and easily forgotten. A few rise above the ordinary and […]

Companions in the journey

Sometimes Jesus just seems cranky, like during this road trip through Samaria (Luke 9:51-62). Someone offers to follow him, and Jesus encourages him to reconsider. You’ll have no place ever again to call home, Jesus tells him, no place even to rest (vv. 57-58). Jesus invites another, who wants to honor his father, and tells […]

Why we are the church

What are you looking for in life? What is your deepest hunger, your most pressing need, your most urgent question? What is it that, if it were offered to you, would make you willing to walk away from everything else you have in order to attain it? Is it security? A sanctuary from the assaults […]

The power of the positive

Would you tell me, please,” Alice asked the Cheshire Cat, “which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” the Cat replied, stating the obvious. “I don’t much care where —” said Alice. “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat. […]