How Pride is the Father of Depression

Pride is a promiscuous sin and begets bastard iniquities all over the landscape of any given life. But one sin fathered by pride and frequently unnoticed is depression. In a fallen world there may be numerous  factors contributing to depression, darkness, deep sadness: Death, sickness, chemical imbalances, sin, guilt, broken relationships, failures, regrets, etc. I grant all…

Wave Offering Warfare

“And in every place where the grounded staff shall pass, which the LORD shall lay upon him, it shall be with tambourines and harps: and in battles of shaking will he fight with it.” (Is. 30:32) The phrase “in battles of shaking will he fight with it” is interesting. The word for shaking is sometimes…

When Asking for Advice is Actually Lying

“Woe to the rebellious children, saith the Lord, that take counsel but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin…” (Is. 30:1) Isaiah confronts the nation of Israel as a nation of rebellious children. Isaiah isn’t merely talking to teenagers or young…

Ten Scriptures for Fathers

1. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in the heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God…

The Gospel of Kings

The Book of Kings is a train wreck of a story. While the first number of chapters relate the building of the temple and Solomon’s wisdom and glory, they always have a bit of an ominous silence in the background. We know what’s coming. We know Solomon is going down. We know his wives will…

All Christians are Sheep and Shepherds

The elders have become increasingly convinced that while God has blessed us enormously with a great warmth of fellowship and hospitality during our first 8 years as a church, we have also grown to a point where unless we give more organization and structure to our fellowship and hospitality, we will not be able to…

Epiphany Means Light

Today is the Second Sunday after Epiphany. Epiphany means manifestation; it means to shine forth. Epiphany picks up where Christmas leaves off. Where we celebrate the light coming into the world at the birth of Jesus, Epiphany celebrates the ways in which that light began to burst out into the world. The wise men came…

Gratitude or Grabbing?

Andy and Emily, The language of Isaiah 62 in the lesson that was read a few moments ago is breathtaking. God declares a love that is pretty much insane, disorienting. God, who created the worlds from nothing, who could uncreate it all and start again from scratch in an instant, is completely and unalterably taken…

Christian Ritual is the Real World

For groups, ritual depicts the world as it ought to be, the real world as it is believed to be, especially the social and political realities of the world. Christian ritual displays the world as we believe and hope it one day will be. Ritual displays to public view who goes where, how each of…

Liturgy as Training for Life

…Christian ritual trains the body and soul in suitable posture and movement. By moving us through a series of spiritual and physical postures, liturgical ritual imposes a choreography on us. Patterned by rituals of worship, we begin to live life before God as kneeling to confess, as standing to hear, as singing and clapping in…