Waiting and Watching

 “Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and shield.”  -Psalm 33:20 I hate to wait, and I often complain about having to wait around. The funny thing is, the Lord has a great sense of humor, and so I have been given my heart’s desire. The silent pause right after Thanksgiving has …

For All The Saints

For many of us, October 31 is filled with laughing children, spooky costumes, and lots and lots of candy. While all this is a great fun, especially for those of us who are kids at heart (have you seen me in my Spock costume?), what about the day after Halloween, November 1, All Saints' Day? …

Walking with a Limp

Elijah then came near to all the people, and said, “How long will you go [limping/how long will you waver between] two [convictions]? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Ba’al, follow him.” The people did not answer him a word. - 1 Kings 18:21 Limping, I think, is probably a fair characterization …

A Studied Rest

Greetings to each of you. With my last post, True Rest III, I marked what will probably be my last post for a few weeks. I am currently sitting in my dorm room in Pittsburgh, PA at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and I am getting ready to begin a new round of intensive courses for my …

True Rest III

In my last post, I asked the questions: where did we go wrong? Where did Israel go "wrong" in its keeping of the ordinances? Can the Law become an impediment to grace? A stumbling block to the shalom that we all seek and God intends for creation? As I have repeatedly argued, observance of the …

True Rest II

In my last post, we explored the dicey relationship between Christian interpretation about the meaning of God's Law and our freedom as the Spirit filled body of Christ for the world. My overall point was that our discussions about Law v. Gospel rely upon caricatures of what the Law meant for Israel. The Law -- …

True Rest I

When I was a boy, I was in awe of the really great preachers who came to our church, or populated the tent revivals of summer. Growing up "Bapti-costal," those services and sermons by talented preachers meant paying attention for three of four hours at a time. Keeping the attention of an eight year old …

Rest

This week, I will be working with a text in Scripture that deals with the concept of rest, work, healing and the Sabbath (Mark 2:23 - 3:6). I am still mulling the various threads of the reading over in my mind, but I walk away from my first impressions of the text with a core …