Audacious Trust: A Reflection on Jeremiah 32.1-3, 6-15

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these regular reflections on the Sunday readings. I had to smile when I was preparing for today’s post, since the process felt so familiar. Looking at the world around me, it’s hard not to think “Wow, things are really hard and all signs point to them … Continue reading Audacious Trust: A Reflection on Jeremiah 32.1-3, 6-15

Do This and Live: A Reflection on Luke 10:25-37

There are a lot of passages of Scripture that require careful consideration, nuance, and exploration of context for us to understand them well. Today’s Gospel is not among them. It is among the simplest, most basic Gospel messages, at the core of Christian teaching (and Jewish teaching before it), and yet somehow it’s a message … Continue reading Do This and Live: A Reflection on Luke 10:25-37

Grace in Action: A Reflection on Galatians 6.1-16

“Grace alone!” was the rallying cry of the Protestant Reformation. While, on the one hand, this represented a genuine recovery of the theology of grace — especially for Martin Luther himself — it did so in a very particular way. In much of Protestant thought, grace is understood through the lens of “You can’t do … Continue reading Grace in Action: A Reflection on Galatians 6.1-16

The World Reacts to Jesus: A Reflection on Luke 9.51-62

In today’s Gospel reading, Luke 9.51-62, Jesus begins his journey to Jerusalem. Along the way, he encounters different groups of people, who respond to him in different ways. In light of the series on vocation that’s been occupying my midweek posts — and therefore my thoughts — of late, I couldn’t help but think that … Continue reading The World Reacts to Jesus: A Reflection on Luke 9.51-62

A Missed Opportunity?: A Reflection on Luke 8:26-39

We often think of Jesus’ ministry as one of reconciliation: He preached the forgiveness of sins and welcomed into his circle those estranged from synagogue and society at large. And, as Paul put it, we have been called to the ministry of reconciliation, following in his footsteps. But, as we know, reconciliation is hard work. … Continue reading A Missed Opportunity?: A Reflection on Luke 8:26-39