Tag Archives: discipleship

On love for one’s enemies

Sometimes it seems Jesus expects too much of us. The invitation he offers makes the life of discipleship look pretty good. When we look closer, however, things look different. Jesus promises “more and better life than [you] ever dreamed of” (John 10:10 MSG). He says: Don’t worry about having enough food or drink or clothing; […]

When you’re desperate enough

How desperate do you feel? Thoreau believed most people “lead lives of quiet desperation” (Walden, “Economy”), not the frantic desperation of someone who’s in imminent danger, but the subtler kind, the low-level anxiety that slowly eats away at us. We may pretend it doesn’t exist, but once in a while it bubbles up and lets […]

How to live well

It’s easy to lose the meaning of what you try to say when your words are translated into a different language and a different culture. Kentucky Fried Chicken got off to a bad start opening a franchise in China when their slogan, “Finger-lickin’ good,” was translated, “Eat your fingers off.” And a Swedish company missed […]

Chasing the rabbit

Following my message last week, someone wrote, “You always leave me with more questions than answers. I can’t wait to see where you are taking us.” People have been saying that to me in one way or another for a long time. After one of my sermons years ago, someone who was obviously frustrated came […]

Arise

We’re hearing a big argument today – it’s not a debate but a very primitive, emotional argument – about who will next lead this nation. Who will make America great again? Who will lead us to manifest the greatness we already possess? Who will lead the social and political revolution that restores our basic values? […]

Decide to mature

Demetrius Johnson probably thought very little if at all about rushing back into his burning apartment two Fridays ago to save his three-year-old son. His decision, I believe, made itself; there was no other choice but to do what he knew he had to do, even though it would cost him his life.1 Some decisions […]

Decide to follow

Deciding what you want your life to be about is not particularly hard. Everyone makes that decision sometime, consciously or unconsciously. Many people, perhaps most, make it several times. What’s difficult is figuring out what you’re willing to give up for the things you really care about, what you’re willing to sacrifice for the life […]

After the ecstasy

Google “the inspired life,” and in less than half a second you’ll get a list of 144 million sites, at the top of which I found a column in The Washington Post titled “Inspired Life: For a better you, a better community and a better world.” It says it’s about “inspiration, help and humor to […]

Stone jars

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana in Galilee (John 2:1-11). Six stone jars: fairly large; impervious to contamination; necessary equipment, if people were to maintain the tradition of the elders and practice their faith, if they were to keep their relationship with God alive and healthy; so familiar, people hardly thought […]

Almost Christian

What is discipleship? It may seem an unexpected question, coming from a church member, but it’s a good one. We’ve grown so accustomed to the church’s jargon, we often use words casually even when we don’t know what they mean. Even when we understand their meanings, we often don’t undertake their challenges. I confess there […]