Bible Study · Church · Devotional · Spiritual Disciplines

Jesus is all outta bubblegum

Jesus's message to the power brokers of the day is pretty clearly that he is all outta bubblegum. He is here to announce that change is coming -- indeed, that it is here, that it is at hand -- that there is a new way of doing things, and it is going to disturb their conventions, it will not align with their agendas, and it will flip just about every apple carp of expectation they have ever built.

Bible Study · Church · Spiritual Disciplines

Jesus the Reluctant Healer

This whole healing people thing? It was actually kind of a distraction to his main mission. It brought sick people out of the woodwork, not to hear about a Kingdom, but just for the chance to be touched by him and escape the pain and drudgery of their everyday lives. And these hurting people? They interrupted his sermons all the time. One guy even busted in through the roof of the house Jesus was preaching at. It was really bad, you guys! Who could possible preach under those kind of conditions?

Bible Study · Church · Devotional · Spiritual Disciplines

How I learned to stop worrying and love the Bible

Can you keep a secret? There came a point, a couple years ago, when I came to hate reading the Bible. So, for all intents and purposes, I stopped. We were doing a Disciple Bible Study at our local United Methodist Church, and the further we got into it, the angrier I got at the… Continue reading How I learned to stop worrying and love the Bible

Devotional · Music · Worship

Good, Good Father?

Every time this song came on the radio, I would cry out to God in my distress. Just like the Psalmist and every preacher and Sunday school teacher and worship song had taught me to do. And God did not answer.

Music · Reviews

Shovels & Rope: Little Seeds

Yes, they've moved a bit beyond -- but not outgrown -- the "two beat up drums and two old guitars." But there is still the same urgency in the vocals and immediacy and rawness in the instruments. Only this time, there is more depth. And that might make Little Seeds their best offering yet.

Politics

Why you shouldn’t wear a safety pin to protest Trump

It's passive and condescending. It encourages tribalism. And it may make people less receptive to what you have to say. Don't wear safety pins.