January

1. Untamed Hospitality by Newman2. Martin Bucer: Unsung Hero of the Reformation by Lawrence

Teaching Me Life

My son is on his knees in his seat at the dinner table, rocking back and forth, looking at me intently. He motions a little as he explains, “It’s just funny that we worship a King that we can’t see, dad. We don’t really know what he looks like.” I point out that we know…

Headlines

I use google for my homepage, and I have several feeds that I peruse throughout the day. One is the Drudge Report, and several of the headlines this morning are particularly colorful: Swiss Police Spy Marijuana Field Using Google EarthMan tries to reclaim breast implants from ex…Video: Pelosi Defends STD Money I don’t know why…

Gettting Rid of the Fire

In Mark 7, Jesus says that it is not what goes into a man that defiles him but what comes out. The problem is that we have an Old Testament cleanliness code that appears to say otherwise. Is Jesus just overturning the cleanliness code? It seems more reasonable to look more closely at what Jesus…

Still Untamed: Hospitality, Monasticism, Empire, and You

A few other comments based on a conversation I had with my brother the other day: In the friendly/constructive criticism department, I would point out that in some ways Newman’s book stopped a little short. It was great in everything it covered, but if I had a suggestion, it would be to connect the dots…

A New Past and A New Future

“When your son asks you in a time to come, saying, ‘What is the meaning of the testimonies, the statutes, and the judgments which the Lord our God has commanded you?’ then you shall say to your son: ‘We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, and the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a…

How God Lights Us On Fire

“If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; for so you will heap coals of fire on his head, and the LORD will reward you.” (Pr. 25:22, Rom. 12:20) Frequently, we consider this exhortation only in terms of our dealings with other people….

Real Community without Gestapo Deacons

As we grow as a congregation one of the things we have to work on is growing as a community, as a body, as a family. Paul says in Romans 12 that we who are many are “one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.” We are already at a size which allows…

Untamed Hospitality

Just finished Elizabeth Newman’s book Untamed Hospitality and enjoyed it very much. Beginning with various distortions of hospitality, she points out various modern attempts to push hospitality into sentimental, individualistic, and even market driven categories. She goes on to insist that hospitality has its roots and real identity in the hospitality of God, in the…

Life in the Vineyard

In the sermon text today, Jesus said that the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who hired laborers for his vineyard. This isn’t just a detail added for color or to make the parables more realistic or concrete. The word first shows up in the Septuagint after the Flood when Noah plants a vineyard….