The needy and the Needless

I was at a service. Free spirited, very indie like a lot of ubiquitously admired church movements of our generation. But someone said something on the mic that was terribly exposing. "I can hear God saying: I need you" In specific, "there are places where I need and have use of you." I was coincidentally … Continue reading The needy and the Needless

The City and its Gates

Happy Sabbath fam, I hope the tea is warm and the coffee is strong. Wherever you are on this blue marble of God's wonder, know that in kindred faith I pray you all peace and readiness to receive of God's Word today. As I prayed earlier this week I was bringing some pressing concerns to … Continue reading The City and its Gates

Look Where My Chains Are Now

3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But … Continue reading Look Where My Chains Are Now

Pour It Out

It's so easy. Way too easy. Discomfortingly easy .. to lose sight of Jesus in the hearth of our lives. We have bills, schedules, chores and all manner of earthly responsibility. Sometimes there's so much in the tasks at hand, we momentarily relinquish the kingdom at hand. I mean after all you've only got two … Continue reading Pour It Out

Bon Appétit

The ruddy psalmist descends into the Valley of Elah with nothing but a sling. Confident, focused and with his eyes on the Heart of God, a young David arrays himself to back up some big talk: "Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that dares to defy the armies of the Living God?" Epic. I mean absolutely, … Continue reading Bon Appétit

The Rose of Sharon

There's this idiom of sorts in rabbinical Judaism that I really appreciate and learned on my Bible by YouVersion's catalogue of bible reading plans. (7 More Hebrew words you should know.) The interpretation of Scripture was modeled or arrayed after the acronym PaRDeS, which is the Hebrew word for garden. Peshat: the topical/surface or direct … Continue reading The Rose of Sharon

The Lord of the Mountain

"I am the Way, the Truth and the Life." A three-for-one mystery, this mantra of theology doesn't typically find difficulty in interpretation amongst the flock of the Good Shepherd. But it's easy to overlook the infinitely vast implications of this cornerstone of theology. The Way indicates a journey; a walk from point A to point … Continue reading The Lord of the Mountain

A Tale of Two Kings

In the scrolls of the prophet Samuel you meet the first two kings of Israel and their stories are so ineffably attached to our spiritual lives. Following the exodus from Egypt, a death-to-life movement, the Israelites are easily reconquered by their own failure to recognize a new era. Doubt, fear, selfishness pervade an understandably vexed … Continue reading A Tale of Two Kings

Selah

The concise definition of the term "selah" has eluded us to this day. However, being placed intermittently throughout the book of Psalms, it has been faithfully kept in print as a transliteration of the original Hebrew word. Based on word-root origins and other similar verbs there is a general consensus that Selah indicates a pause … Continue reading Selah