Some random thoughts… and a good story at the beginning of Lent

It’s been a about a week since I last posted anything… I originally created this blog for the 30 Days of Prayer and Purpose, but now that it’s over, I’ve been wondering what I’ll do next. So, until I figure things out, I’ll probably post some random thoughts, as I have time and as theContinue reading “Some random thoughts… and a good story at the beginning of Lent”

A prayer for all those experiencing hardship because of the terrible winter storm:

Father, sometimes it seems wrong to throw my fears and complaints your way; as if I’m sinning. There is so much injustice and suffering in the world, and here I can’t seem to go but a few days without the comforts of electricity and running water and I feel like my whole world is fallingContinue reading “A prayer for all those experiencing hardship because of the terrible winter storm:”

Day 29 (The Emperor’s New Clothes)

In 1837, children’s writer, Han’s Christian Anderson published one of his classic and most famous children’s stories, “The Emperor’s New Clothing.”  It has endured the test of time, and for a fairytale, it still has much to say about the human condition. It’s the story of a vain emperor who loved clothing too much. HeContinue reading “Day 29 (The Emperor’s New Clothes)”

Day 28 ((Just 25₵))

So what does service in the kingdom of God really look like?  If you’re thinking grand gestures you’re mostly on the wrong track.  This past week in my 7th and 8th Grade religion class, I was talking to the kiddos about martyrdom.  I asked them what it would take for any of them to doContinue reading “Day 28 ((Just 25₵))”

Day 27 (Don’t Care)

Read Jonah 2. In 1972, NASA launched the exploratory space probe Pioneer 10.  Its primary mission was to reach Jupiter, photograph the planet and its moons, and then beam data to earth about Jupiter’s magnetic field, radiation belts, and atmosphere.  At the time, no man-made satellite had ever gone past Mars.  But in November, 1973,Continue reading “Day 27 (Don’t Care)”

Day 26 (Sow Seed)

Read Matthew 13:1-8. A silly farmer broadcasts his seed.  At least the farmer seems silly.  After all, who would treat seed this way?  I’ve talked with farmers about their seed—corn, cotton, wheat and soybeans.  A bag of high-quality, roundup-ready Monsanto seed can run you hundreds of dollars.  I’ve also seen how much farmers prepare theContinue reading “Day 26 (Sow Seed)”

Day 25 (Bridge Builders)

In the early years of Christianity and into the medieval period, some Christians thought that life in the “normal” world somehow kept one from having a close relationship with God.  Men and women who wanted to be closer to God would forsake the ordinary world—owning and managing property, marrying, raising children, and the like—to devoteContinue reading “Day 25 (Bridge Builders)”

Day 24 (On the Powerline Pole)

Read Luke 2:8-20. What do you suppose the shepherds did on the first Christmas after they heard the angels and after they went and saw the baby Jesus?  Luke 2:20 tells us, “the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God…”  That is, they went back to their flocks.  The shepherds returned to work.  This may soundContinue reading “Day 24 (On the Powerline Pole)”

Day 23 (Who You Gonna Serve?)

Read Matthew 19:16-30. It takes me at least 1400 words to write a short sermon.  But Jesus could preach a whole sermon by asking just one question.  In our reading today, He preaches a sermon that would take me an hour to unpack, yet all Jesus says is “If you want to be My disciple,Continue reading “Day 23 (Who You Gonna Serve?)”