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Bible Questions / Study / Meetings
« on: Today at 05:13:07 AM »

My hunch is that our many meetings might be redeemed, or at least different, if we entertained the notion that our main reason for meeting together is to encounter God. 

Source: Meetings

Bible Questions / Study / Blackness
« on: February 23, 2020, 05:17:36 AM »

We do not blame the night sky for being night. We rest in it. And that Blackness is beautiful. 

Source: Blackness

Bible Questions / Study / Questions that Begin with How
« on: February 22, 2020, 05:13:02 AM »
Questions that Begin with How

As children of God, we have the opportunity to ask different questions than the rest of the world asks. Questions that help us truly meet one another on holy, even ground.

Source: Questions that Begin with How

Bible Questions / Study / Beating Up Brother
« on: February 21, 2020, 05:00:48 AM »
Beating Up Brother

It’s hard to be obedient to your parent when you’re bent on bashing your brother.

Source: Beating Up Brother

Bible Questions / Study / Sketch
« on: February 20, 2020, 05:39:54 AM »

Next time you get to church early or the sermon gets boring, look around. Ask yourself: which parts of this building look like heaven? Conversely, which ones fall short?

Source: Sketch

Bible Questions / Study / Still, Though
« on: February 18, 2020, 11:21:45 PM »
Still, Though

“I'm looking for a sign,” said my friend.

Source: Still, Though

Bible Questions / Study / Somebody’s Watching You
« on: February 18, 2020, 05:08:16 AM »
Somebody’s Watching You

It’s easy to get so consumed in a crisis that you think the crisis is all about you. It’s easy to forget that even in times of stress, our lives are testimonies of the Holy Spirit.

Source: Somebody’s Watching You

Bible Questions / Study / Wait for Each Other
« on: February 17, 2020, 05:13:03 AM »
Wait for Each Other

At the world’s table, the wealthy, the privileged, and the strong devour everyone’s share of life. At the Lord’s table, mutual deference is the sacrament’s outward sign.

Source: Wait for Each Other

Bible Questions / Study / Trying to Get There
« on: February 16, 2020, 11:26:52 AM »
Trying to Get There

O God, get us to the heavenly feast. And when we arrive, may we meet one stranger after another who welcomes us, as though we truly belonged.

Source: Trying to Get There

Bible Questions / Study / Keeping up with the Phoneses
« on: February 15, 2020, 05:11:02 AM »
Keeping up with the Phoneses

Cultural messages that I thought were harmless growing up, I now realize were problematic all along. Blessed are those who manage to get it all right! I am working to do better.

Source: Keeping up with the Phoneses

Bible Questions / Study / Dear John
« on: February 14, 2020, 05:35:59 AM »
Dear John

I love you. There. I said it first. I hope—though the world keeps breaking your heart—that you take it as a sign your heart is actually working as it was intended.

Source: Dear John

Bible Questions / Study / Resistance Training
« on: February 13, 2020, 05:05:00 AM »
Resistance Training

Everywhere we turn, we are offered opportunities for resistance training. The path of least resistance is also the path of least growth.

Source: Resistance Training

Bible Questions / Study / Get Angry
« on: February 12, 2020, 11:11:08 AM »
Get Angry

Don’t feel like you have to be nice all the time. Don’t feel like you always have to accommodate and compromise and stir in honey. Go ahead, release your inner table-over-turner.

Source: Get Angry

Bible Questions / Study / Gobsmacked and Gorgeous
« on: February 11, 2020, 05:02:06 AM »
Gobsmacked and Gorgeous

Just when I am tempted to give up on the entire human enterprise, I am gobsmacked all over again by the utterly spectacular resilience of the human-divine spirit.

Source: Gobsmacked and Gorgeous

Bible Questions / Study / God Is Not Worried
« on: February 10, 2020, 11:15:30 AM »
God Is Not Worried

We tend to project our anxiety onto the Creator. We imagine God’s hands wringing with concern, pondering the next move. Nope. God’s at peace. And God wants the same for us.

Source: God Is Not Worried

Bible Questions / Study / Chiasmus
« on: February 09, 2020, 05:02:10 AM »

How wondrous to rediscover the language and literary style of Jesus, whose words are forever unveiling themselves in new and ancient forms.

Source: Chiasmus

Bible Questions / Study / Bent, Not Broken
« on: February 08, 2020, 05:15:41 AM »
Bent, Not Broken

We’re quick to declare things as broken and ready to discard. The intensity of life’s stressors can diminish our capacity to see God’s unfolding grace within us and around us.

Source: Bent, Not Broken

Bible Questions / Study / Rising in the Darkness
« on: February 07, 2020, 05:22:37 AM »
Rising in the Darkness

You don’t have to be a literal morning person to rise in the darkness and cast some light of faith and warmth for the rest of us.

Source: Rising in the Darkness

Bible Questions / Study / Trial and Error
« on: February 06, 2020, 11:27:50 AM »
Trial and Error

What has God’s faithfulness done to us, that we reject humility? How has God’s love wearied us, that we neglect mercy? How do we answer for our persistent injustice?

Source: Trial and Error

Bible Questions / Study / Inoculate Me
« on: February 05, 2020, 05:11:42 AM »
Inoculate Me

Parents sometimes sacrifice children on the altars of our careers. Government sacrifices children on the altar of defense spending. God rejects child sacrifice—Abraham’s and ours.

Source: Inoculate Me

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