Monthly Archives: March 2011

Martha or Mary?

reflection on Luke 10:38-42 (Christ in the House of Martha and Mary, Johannes Vermeer, 1655) Mary, Mary, we will bury All our hidden idols here. As we listen, God will christen Every moment, every tear. He may soak us, sometimes … Continue reading

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Civil Discourse and Burning Words

Civil discourse demands honest facts—and sometimes burning words. So let’s rate some talking heads. Who is helping, and who is hurting, the conversation in our public square? Right and left, they gibber from G-rated to X-rated. Their output runs from … Continue reading

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Off the Couch

In October 2009 I climbed off the couch. I stretched and stretched and stretched. I psyched myself up. I recalled days of yore when I ran over hills, across meadows, and around the asphalt track again and again and again … Continue reading

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Ash Wednesday in the Public Square

The priests’ signs shouted “LIFE IS VERY, VERY, VERY, VERY SHORT” and “MORE FORGIVENESS.” The signs were duct-taped to the fence behind a cardtable altar draped in black. How would tired commuters respond as they exited their subway station and … Continue reading

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Oscar’s Favorite Movies & God’s Favorite Songs

2 Notions: 1. Preaching should not steer around culture. Because culture is the lens through which we experience truth—including God’s Word—preaching should steer into our common experience. 2. Art can be a hot line between the human spirit and the … Continue reading

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