Romans 8:26 says, “In the same way, the Spirit comes to help our weakness. We don’t know what we should pray, but the Spirit himself pleads our case with unexpressed groans.” We may feel weak. We may not know what to pray. But when we pause to pray, the Spirit of Jesus gives us a […]Read more "8:26 Prayer"
This post came out of a series called BASIX: Practices for Living Out Faith. Week 1 of the series was about community. We looked at the story of Hannah from 1 Samuel (a really old story). Hannah refused to quit living out faith in community although her community was full of trouble. We talked about how when we commit to […]Read more "BASIX: God’s Word, pt. 2 (the list of ten)"
The Bible is often the source of some tension and frustration. We read it and find ourselves saying, There are contradictions (it seems)…God lacks compassion (in parts)…There’s so much violence…It’s hard to follow… Ultimately, we say, I don’t get it. Maybe that’s part of the problem: We’re determined to “get it.” Perhaps that’s not how the Bible works. The […]Read more "BASIX: God’s Word"
Sometimes we feel like we want to quit humans. We interact with people, and we’re just done. We want to quit gathering. We want to quit community. Certainly many people feel that way about the community of faith, aka the church (local and global). Some (I hope all) are sick of corruption, abuse and injustice in the […]Read more "BASIX: Community"