God’s Warning to A King

Thus says the LORD: “Go down to the house of the king of Judah and speak there this word, and say, ‘Hear the word of the LORD, O king of Judah, who sits on the throne of David, you, and your servants, and your people who enter these gates. Thus says the LORD:

“Do not trust these deceptive words…”

A modified reading of Jeremiah 7:3-8: “Thus says the YHWH of armies, the God of Israel: Amend your ways and your deeds, and I will let you dwell in this place. Do not trust in these lying words: ‘We have the Day of Prayer! The Day of Prayer! The Day of Prayer!’1

Just Met A Dreamer: I Hope We Don’t Break His Trust

Just randomly met a young man who is a “Dreamer,” one of those young people benefitting from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). He was brought here when he was 12. He’s working hard. Doing his best, making his way, and trying to do the right things.

A Prayer for the U.S. Today and In the Days to Come

God, change the hearts and minds of these ignorant and foolish men in the photo above. May they know You, the Creator of all people in Your image. May their hearts be illumined with the light of Your love more than these torches of hate that illumine their faces. May they be transformed.

Jordan: Our First Home Visit

Our first afternoon in Mafraq, John Hollon, two other volunteers, and I had the opportunity to go on a home visit.  These are visits where we accompanied one of the local full time servants who provide on-going care and have relationships with Syrian refugees who have moved into the area.  For us, this servant was Egab, a man with a huge smile …

What Jesus looked like [A Guided Tour]

This is a guest post by my good friend, musician and author, Callen Clarke: When I was a kid, I asked my mom what Jesus looked like. This is the picture she showed me.

Foreigners, Resident Aliens, Refugees, & The World To Come

In the world to come, some will finally arrive home because they were foreigners and resident aliens, refugees without a permanent home in this world. Others will arrive in the world to come as foreigners, empty-handed refugees forced from their home, because their citizenship and possessions were of this world. The good news for this latter group is that those who were refugees in …

Mammon

Wealth and success atone for all wickedness of word and action in a society that worships Mammon, the god of riches. 

E. Stanley Jones: The Sermon on the Mount, Creeds, and Christianity

E. Stanley Jones was a Methodist missionary and theologian. He is most well known for his work in India and, espeically, his friendship with Gandhi.  He has many well known works in missionary, theological, and Methodist circles, including The Christ on the Indian Road, which sold over 1 million copies. One of his works that has been formative for me is The …

The Temptation to Be Powerful – Henri Nouwen

One of the best books I’ve ever read on ministry and leadership is In The Name of Jesus by Henri Nouwen.  I was introduced to it sometime in the early 1990’s, and it has been work to which I have returned regularly.  As Nouwen’s words have often been timely and good reminders for me, I thought I would share some of this thoughts on power …