Seed Stories

The parables Jesus tells in Matthew 13 are some of the best known in Scripture. They form a set of seed stories, metaphors for how, where and when the seed of the word of God is planted in our lives, and the level of fruitfulness or barrenness that results. After telling these parables, Jesus criesContinue reading “Seed Stories”

Identity Politics Revisited

(previously published January 19, 2019) I haven’t been watching a lot of news lately. I find it necessary and infinitely more beneficial to keep my focus on Scripture, worship, work, and what I sense the Spirit is saying each day. Even so, none of us can escape the reality that the political and social landscapeContinue reading “Identity Politics Revisited”

Why are You Afraid?

This week my readings have led me to think a lot about fear. Rational fear, and irrational fear, and where Jesus is when we experience either kind. The phrase “Do not be afraid” appears 81 times in the Bible, 63 times in the Old Testament, and 18 times in the New Testament. The first occurrenceContinue reading “Why are You Afraid?”

What Measure Will You Use?

It never ceases to amaze me how the Holy Spirit leads me to supernatural convergences of biblical principles that turn into truth bombs in my brain. This week, as I pondered Proverbs 6 and Matthew 7 in my daily readings, one such bomb exploded. Many of the admonishments of the book of Proverbs, including theContinue reading “What Measure Will You Use?”