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trusting in ourselves when things go well

lection reflection for 28 May 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

Before crossing into the Promised Land, Moses prophetically warned the children of Israel (again!) not to think too highly of themselves or to trust in their own abilities and strength when things ended up going smoothly after decades wandering the desert. For then, as now, when times are tough, it is easy to turn to God in hope and trust, . . .

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May 28, 2019

on being led astray by idols

lection reflection for 23 May 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

For the worship of idols not to be names is the beginning and cause and end of every evil.

--Wisdom 14.27

In our contemporary world, idol worship is not something we consider very much. We are far too 'sophisticated' and modern for idolatry to be a threat to our faith. Or are we?

Luther reminds us . . .

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May 23, 2019

for the last time, church, it's cool to not be cool

lection reflection for 15 May 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

This is the last time I'm going to rant on this, I promise. At least for a while...

Hey, church, yeah you--American Evangelicalism--the ones trying to be relevant, hip, cool, trendy, and (most importantly) liked by everybody around you...give up.

It's cool to not be cool. I promise.

Let's face a few . . .

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May 15, 2019

church, don't seek the world's approval

lection reflection for 14 May 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

Back from some wonderful time away on vacation and back to reading and writing. Today's readings pick up on the theme of the church being disliked, disdained, and hated by the world. In Luke's record of the Beatitudes, Jesus teaches, "Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you, insult you, and slander your name . . .

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May 14, 2019

chasing the shiny things of the world

lection reflection for 1 May 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

For Christians in affluent parts of the world, like the United States, today's epistle reading from 1 John may be one of the hardest parts of the bible to live out.

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world—the lust of the . . .

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May 01, 2019

on hating and being hated

lection reflection for 30 April 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

Today's epistle and gospel readings both talk about hatred, but they discuss it from opposite directions, which makes for interesting reading and meditation. Rarely do we think about hating and being hated at the same time.

In 1 John 2, we are reminded that the idea of a Christian harboring hatred toward another believer is . . .

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April 30, 2019

starting Daniel and John's letters

lection reflection for 29 April 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

Today, the daily lectionary simultaneously starts two new books: Daniel and 1 John (with 2 and 3 John to follow). I don't remember starting two books at the same time, at least not for a while, but I'm looking forward to reading and praying through these over the coming weeks. I am especially looking forward to reading Daniel through . . .

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April 29, 2019

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