The Daughters and Dad

The Daughters and Dad I participated in services this weekend for a family that I have known almost ten years now. Our relationship began when I served as hospice chaplain for a woman who lived at home with her second husband. For some reason, we made a strong connection, and I visited often. I recallContinue reading “The Daughters and Dad”

The Year That Wasn’t

A quick perusal of my Facebook posts, and you would have a pretty good idea that my year went pretty well: Lots of hiking and visiting with family and friends Building five new garden beds for flowers and vegetables Enjoying the resultant garden bounty My son’s engagement to a wonderful woman Celebrations of birthdays andContinue reading “The Year That Wasn’t”

Seeing God at Work

Note from CM: This is an adaptation of a funeral sermon I gave this week. The theme was designed to represent both the character of the deceased and those who cared for her in her final season of life. I commended them as people who consistently displayed down-to-earth, practical, faithful, and genuine love. • •Continue reading “Seeing God at Work”

Fridays with Damaris Zehner: Another Look — Christians Need More Enemies

Note from CM: Today’s repost is the first that Damaris wrote for us at IM, back in 2010. Readers could see her insight and prodigious writing talent from the very beginning, and I’m glad she’s been able to continue with us over the years. I’m blest to call her a friend and colleague. • •Continue reading “Fridays with Damaris Zehner: Another Look — Christians Need More Enemies”

Another Look: Perfect Love

…No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously. …If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? …In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you. • From Matt.Continue reading “Another Look: Perfect Love”

Wisdom for Ordinary Time: Eugene Peterson on Leviticus 19:18

During Ordinary Time this year, I am reading and meditating on Eugene Peterson’s new book, As Kingfishers Catch Fire: A Conversation on the Ways of God Formed by the Words of God. This book captures sermons from Peterson’s twenty-nine years as a pastor in Bel Air, Maryland. Today, Peterson’s sermon focuses on Leviticus 19:18 — “YouContinue reading “Wisdom for Ordinary Time: Eugene Peterson on Leviticus 19:18”

Greg Boyd: Love Like the Sun and Rain

Note from CM: It is hard to do justice to a book as massive as Greg Boyd’s The Crucifixion of the Warrior God: Volumes 1 & 2. We’ve had several days of discussing certain aspects of it, and yesterday I stated my main objection to his thesis. But as I said, my disagreements does notContinue reading “Greg Boyd: Love Like the Sun and Rain”

Sermon: Epiphany VII — How Enemies Become Friends

SERMON: How Enemies Become Friends (Epiphany VII) You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; and if anyone wants to sue youContinue reading “Sermon: Epiphany VII — How Enemies Become Friends”