Your Ordinary – High Calling!

The calling of the first disciples in John 1:35-51 is an intriguing picture of  simple invitation and mysterious Divine plan. The number of disciples first increases through the organic networking of family and friends. It still does!  “Come and see,” says Jesus to Andrew…who finds his brother Peter and brings him to Jesus…who calls Philip to follow […]

There’s a lot more going on here!

Jesus’ Baptism – and ours – reminds us that we enter into the very life of the Trinity! We join with God in His Mission to the world! Our teaching series on “Ordinary People ~ Radical Kingdom“ dwells on the beginning of Christ’s public ministry including the CALLING of the disciples as well as OUR calling to follow Him. The […]

Be ready for the “Ah HA” moment!

The Western church marks January 6 – the twelfth day of Christmas – as Epiphany. The Gospel reading for the closest Sunday is Matthew 2:1-12. It’s the story of Magi, the “Three Kings,” and the significance is that the Nations begin coming irresistably to the light of Christ that has dawned on the world! Listen to […]

Hope that overcomes Despair

The Anchor, which is the RI state seal, was the ancient Christian symbol of Hope. The hope of Christ that is the anchor of our lives (from Hebrews 6:19.) Our Advant series, A Light in the Darkness, ended with an amazing experience of worship focused on “Hope amid Despair.“ The poignant story of a couple’s journey through […]

An Ebola Doctor on ‘True Neighbor Love’

Listen to this short interview with the Samaritan’s Purse doctor, Kent Brantly. A wonderful reminder of “compassion trumping fear.” He closes with these words which, I believe, are deeply relevant to many other complex issues that can challenge and divide us. A lesson I’ve learned is – we need to worry about the people we don’t […]

Joy amid Sorrow & the Atheists’ Dilemma

“Joy, which was the small publicity of the pagan, is the gigantic secret of the Christian!” (G.K. Chesterton) In a sermon, Joy amid Sorrow – in our Advent series at Christ Church – I began by quoting Philip Yancey’s introduction to Chesterton’s famous apologetic work, Orthodoxy. You can listen here. I suggested 4 “Disciplines” that cultivate […]

Let yourself be moved!

Advent ushers us into a feast for the senses that CAN lead to “spiritual ecstasy,”  (instead of  just sensory overload!) I’ve been working through a wonderful book of poems by Luci Shaw called Scape. I came back today to this one called Ec-stasis. It’s from a Greek word from which we get the word “ecstasy” or literally being “beside oneself.” […]

Content “like a weaned child…”

As a sequel to Sunday’s sermon, Enough, and  our last post on Contentment, I share this reflection from Psalm 131. It is a beautiful picture of our satisfaction being rooted more and more in Christ. O LORD, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes haughty; nor do I involve myself in great matters, or in things […]

Advent – A Light in the Darkness!

In him was life, and the life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John’s Gospel 1:5) We do not believe in a God who is absent. We believe in a God who came as the Light so we might not remain in darkness! This Advent and […]

Is Jesus ‘Enough?’ – Listen to Bach

Princeton mathematician, Bernard Chazelle runs out of superlatives for J.S. Bach. He calls Bach the most human of all composers who “gets to your soul through your body.” Here is a gem of an article with embedded excerpts of music that will make you an instant Bach fan. (You can also listen to a fascinating On Being interview by Krista Tippett.) Speaking of […]