Tag Archives: hope

Living into hope

It’s a question that keeps coming up. I often ask it of myself, like I ask it of congregations in transition. “What are you living for, in detail, and what keeps you from living fully for the thing you want to live for.” It’s an especially good question in a crisis, when some condition or […]

A little R&R

Did Jesus really say we can’t be his disciple if we don’t give up all our possessions (Luke 14:33)? Think how hard it would be if we did that. How would you hold your breakfast cereal? How would you brush your teeth in the morning? If that’s what he meant, there would be a lot […]

You are set free

The story of the woman with the crippling spirit (Luke 13:10-17) is not one of the more familiar healing stories, but it ought to be. There are so many ways it touches our lives, it’s hard to know where to focus – the woman with the crippling spirit; the leader of the synagogue, who was […]

Hope on a Friday morning

There’s plenty of reason to think the social-political landscape that I wake up to every morning and go to sleep in every night is bleak and empty of promise. (My home state of Missouri has joined the list of those with antiabortion laws more restrictive than I thought we’d ever see again in this country, […]

It’s time to wind the clock

In the very bad year 1973 – things were not as bad as they are today, but they were bad nevertheless – one man’s short, simple letter struck a note of hope and encouragement that continues to reverberate today, especially today, when it’s needed. In that year, inflation was running more than six percent annually […]

In the darkness, leaning toward the light

In the wake of Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation to a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, I’m looking for any flicker of light, any hope, in what seems to be a land of deep darkness. There’s only one place where I think I have any chance of finding it. The Washington Post (“Rock bottom: Supreme Court […]

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, […]

Table manners

Much of what defined the Corinthian church in the first century of the Common Era was disagreement. It seemed as if disagreements and divisions ran through the church like yeast through a loaf of bread. Members were splitting into factions as groups of them followed different leaders with different theologies (1 Cor. 1:11-12). They disagreed […]

When hope is lost

It’s a good question – “Can these bones live” (Ezek. 37:3)? Not a question about the bones of a mighty army bleaching in the sun on a great battlefield that might have sparked Ezekiel’s imagination. And not a question merely about “the whole house of Israel” (v. 11) that those bones symbolized for him. It’s […]

This faithful God

Sometimes I imagine a congress of the faithful calling God to a confirmation hearing and starting the questions with: Will you be faithful to your promises? We sing from time to time, “Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father; there is no shadow of turning with thee; / thou changest not, thy compassions, they […]