Tag Archives: reign of God

Waiting for God

After Jesus astounded people with his teaching (Mark 1:21-28), he went home with Simon and Andrew and cured Simon’s mother-in-law. Neighbors got wind of it, and soon the whole town showed up, bringing everyone who was ill, and he cured many of them – many, but not all (vv. 29-34). And early the next morning, […]

Invitation to life

“Ready or not, here I come!” Remember that line from the hide-and-seek you played as a kid? After counting down from ten or twenty, or from 100 if you had the time, the one who was “It” came searching, eyes wide open, and you hoped you had hidden well enough not to be found. Jesus […]

Waiting faithfully

Waiting is part of life. We wait for election results, for Christmas, for summer vacation, for a loved one to return home, for a phone call bringing the results of a medical test or a job interview, for the birth of a child. We wait for the storm to pass and the sky to clear. […]

On the will of God

We’re constantly making choices about how we spend our time. We’re also living with the consequences of those choices. Of course, how we choose to spend our days is how we end up spending our lives.1 All the big and little choices we make every day make us who we are and determine the quality […]

Like the iris

The iris are coming soon, my friend observed as he posted a photo of their long green spikes and barely opened buds of deep blue. Soon those buds will be in full display, glorious signs of the season. But his anticipation is wrongly placed. The iris, these silent teachers, are not coming soon; they already […]

Allow

Yesterday I wrote that the parable of the wise and foolish bridesmaids (Matt. 25:1-13) is not about how we prepare for what comes in the future but “is a characterization of a way of living that makes us and keeps us open and receptive to the fullness of grace – call it the kingdom of […]

Ready or not

Jesus’ parable of the wise and foolish bridesmaids (Matt. 25:1-13) is not about being ready or not ready for something that will happen later. It’s a story about a way of being present to what is in this moment, in the Now. It’s a characterization of a way of living that makes us and keeps […]

Endurance

No matter how you voted in last week’s presidential election, and regardless of why you voted that way, our work as the church remains the same. The details of what we need to be doing have changed, and the challenges to our ministry have increased, but what we aim to do has not changed. It […]

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. […]

Church without walls

What does the death of the church look like? “To everything there is a season,” the Teacher wrote, “and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted” (Eccles. 3:1-2). Does anyone expect death […]