Well friends, we’re all one week into the national emergency due to the COVID-19 virus. How y’all doing? I’m sure the answers are all over the board. And our answers say much about us — things like where we work, what personality type we have, where we gather our information. But most importantly, this is a great time to find out what we truly value. Testing has a way of making some things clear to us that we can’t see when life is easy, when nothing is asked of us. And what is testing but a time of being asked for things? Let’s dig in this week and see how Jesus handles this, and what it has to teach us, and let’s see why his answers let the crowds utterly amazed.
In The Liturgy of the Ordinary, Tish Harrison Warren speaks of the Church as a community of both Word and Sacrament, but she notes that evangelical Protestants usually pay far more attention to the Word—spoken, written, and proclaimed—than to the sacraments of baptism and holy communion. The central place of preaching among evangelicals celebrates the power of God’s Word, a Word that doesn’t merely express something but actually does something. Creation happens by an act of
When I was young, my parents told me I was adopted, that they had waited a long time to get me, and had to save a significant amount of money to pay for adoption costs. A lot of people have asked how I reacted to knowing I was adopted, and I’ve told them I always felt a little special knowing that I came at a bit of sacrifice, cost, and surprise. One of the funny legends regarding my arrival was that The Methodist Mission Home in San Antonio called my parents in Houston to t
An eclectic set of dishes, pots and storage-ware has found a temporary home on top of the bookshelf in our kitchen, serving as a quiet but powerful reminder of love, care and community. Each piece represents a meal brought to our home; a sacrifice of time, an investment in the well-being of my family and an offer of help during a difficult moment. Since I slipped last month on a patch of black ice on our front walk and landed on my head, I’m basically Lucille Austero.
I have always had a fascination with the names of God. I mean, there are quite a few of them: 948 names and titles of God are spread throughout the Bible. A few we are easily familiar with. El Shaddai means “God Almighty” and speaks to God’s ultimate power over all. Elohim means “Creator, mighty and strong.” From the Bible’s first sentence, the nature of God’s power is evident as God (Elohim) speaks the world into existence. Yahweh-Joreh means “the Lord will provide”, and is
I’m an addict. There, I said it for everyone to read. I have many addictions: food, watching TV, my cell phone, my computer, and shopping. I’ve always told myself, “At least I don’t have a drug or alcohol problem,” but having a long list of addictions is still a problem that gets in the way. In the way of what? It gets in the way of being real; leaning in to be in the presence of God. In reading Tish Harrison Warren’s book Liturgy of the Ordinary, I’m learning that my addicti