Tag Archives: Christian maturity

Stand up and bless the Lord

So simple, the story of Jesus’ encounter with a woman in a synagogue (Luke 13:10-17), so lean in its telling, and yet so full of meaning! Full, so it’s a story not only about a crippled woman’s healing encounter with Jesus in a synagogue 2,000 years ago. It’s also a story about us, about what […]

If you love Christ

How do you know when you’re a grown-up? That’s the question a producer for The Atlantic recently took to the streets.1 Now that I think about it, it seems a lot like the question Jesus asked Peter after breakfast that morning on the beach – “Do you love me?” – not wanting to know how […]

From bondage to adoption

During Lent I have been revisiting some of John Wesley’s key sermons, in which he lays out ideas that have become central to the way Methodists understand our faith. Today I want to share his thoughts about the shift that occurs in our relationship with God as we are led toward being “born from above” […]

You are called to become

I don’t recall when I first encountered the two questions, only that it was many years ago and that they seized me like God seized Jacob that night at the Jabbok (Gen. 32:22-32). After all these years they still won’t let me go. “If you want to identify me,” Thomas Merton wrote, “ask me not […]

Who do you say he is?

“Tell us a story!” That’s the way I would begin the earliest conversations I remember having with my grandmother. When my sister and cousins and I were in her presence, someone would inevitably ask her to tell us a story from her childhood. Then we would gather around wherever we could find room and listen […]