Category Archives: Scripture

“As If Paul Really Meant It”

I’ve been thinking a lot about church lately, for as many reasons as there are days in a week, really.  I’ve also been doing a slow re-read of N. T. Wright’s After You Believe, which isn’t about church life in … Continue reading

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“Now Is the Time”

The New Testament reading from tonight’s Ash Wednesday service: We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.  For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become … Continue reading

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The Road to Lent (Begins Atop a Mountain)

The season of Lent is almost upon us.  The season of fasting in order to prepare for the joy of Easter follows Ash Wednesday, a day where ashes are imposed on a believer’s forehead with the words “Remember that you … Continue reading

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Not Perfect Apart from Us

When it’s time to start talking about “life in the fifth act” with my students, I often use Hebrews 11-12 as my starting point (which is why it’s neat that the passage is the New Testament epistle reading for the … Continue reading

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Strangers and Exiles, Seeking

Today’s daily office reading from Hebrews 11 captures one of my favorite snippets in what is an already-amazing chapter.  After talking about Abel and Noah, Abraham and Sarah, the writer digs in for a bit: These all died in faith, … Continue reading

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Assurance, Conviction, Commendation

Today’s epistolary reading from the daily office is the first third of one of my favorite chapters from one of my favorite books: Hebrews 11.  The chapter finishes out over the rest of the week.  The chapter rings loudly, even … Continue reading

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Don’t Get Captured

This morning’s routine was thrown out of whack because of the holiday.  God bless the good folks at Zippy’s for putting up with people like me early each Sunday.  Instead, I had a quick breakfast at Starbucks before heading to … Continue reading

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