Tag Archives: fear

The word in your heart

“The word is near you,” Paul writes, “on your lips and in your heart” (Rom. 10:8). It’s a stunning, breath-taking idea – the word is in your heart – and the more I sit with it, the more powerful it becomes for me. Paul is writing about the word of faith he proclaims, and he’s […]

Yet I will rejoice

It saddens me when a man who has spent the better part of his life embodying the light of transcendent hope loses even a modicum of that hope, a loss to which a friend recently confessed because of what’s happening under the Trump administration. (I will continue to refer to this president primarily as Ozzie, […]

Faith on the brink

Especially since November I’ve returned regularly to one of my favorite hymns, one that was unfortunately dropped in the 1989 hymnal. Unfortunately, because it’s perfect for times like these when the faith of so many of us is strained and tested. Here are two of its stanzas: O for a faith that will not shrink, […]

The power of surrender

“My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9) Just what sort of power is it that St. Paul understood is made perfect in weakness – is made complete, full-grown, mature; achieves its purpose? What ultimate success is attained in weakness? Paul was not using language that people […]

Living resurrection

The resurrection of Jesus, I confess, grows less interesting to me as I grow older. It’s not, I think, because my edge has grown dull in thirty-five years of trying to say something new and worthwhile about Easter. It’s because in this season of my life the issue of Easter has changed. Today I’m less […]