One Thing Needful (A Reflection on Luke 10.38-42)

Some passages of Scripture are complex, inviting us to lots of study and contemplation. Others, though no less important, are simpler and can often serve as helpful reminders — even they feel at times like two-by-fours to the back of the head. Today’s offering from the Gospels is in the latter category. Jesus is at … Continue reading One Thing Needful (A Reflection on Luke 10.38-42)

Potter’s Clay (A reflection on Jeremiah 18.1-11)

One of the preferred teaching tools in the Bible is the parable, an extended metaphor used to explain some truth about our relationship with God. Often these are left uninterpreted in the text and so it’s up to us to explore their depths. This can be frustrating as a reader who just wants to understand … Continue reading Potter’s Clay (A reflection on Jeremiah 18.1-11)

All is Kairos (A Reflection on Luke 5.33-39)

We in North America celebrated Labour Day on Monday. This means that culturally we’re transitioning into the Fall season. My thoughts have started to shift away from salads, shorts and sandals to stews and roasts, light jackets and layers and other trappings of the season that is on its way. This shift came to mind … Continue reading All is Kairos (A Reflection on Luke 5.33-39)

The Forest and the Trees (A reflection on Matthew 23.23-26)

The other week in the post on the character strength of Perspective as good spiritual fruit, I brought up the old proverb about losing the forest through the trees. This saying came up again this morning as I was reading the Gospel. Jesus is in the middle of a diatribe against the “scribes and Pharisees,” … Continue reading The Forest and the Trees (A reflection on Matthew 23.23-26)

Under the Shears (A reflection on John 15.1-8)

The Gospel reading today is one of Jesus’ famous “I AM” parables, and it’s always been one of my favorites: “I am the vine, you are the branches.” It’s a beautiful image of what it means to be united with God and of God’s sustaining energies that flow through us. But, as I was reminded … Continue reading Under the Shears (A reflection on John 15.1-8)