Devotional: Maundy Thursday

March 24, 2016 Morning Prayer Readings: Psalm 102, Lamentations 2:10-18; 1 Corinthians 10:14-17,11:27-32; Mark 14:12-25 Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection—what we call the Paschal Mystery—it’s a sweeping, epic story. We enter it...

Devotional: Wednesday in Holy Week

March 23, 2016 Morning Office Readings: Psalm 155; Lamentations 2:1-9; 2 Corinthians 1:23-2:11, Mark 12:1-11 Yesterday I was honored to be the guest preacher at First Methodist for one of their Holy Week...

Devotional: Tuesday in Holy Week

March 22, 2016 Morning Office Readings: Psalms 6, 12; Lamentations 1:17-22; 2 Corinthians 1:8-22; Mark 11:27-33 Psalm 12 is a community lament.  The gathered worshippers are asking God for help...

Devotional: Monday in Holy Week

March 21, 2016 Morning Office Readings: Psalm 51; Lamentations 1:1-2,6-12; 2 Corinthians 1:1-7; Mark 11:12-25 It’s no lie; thinking about Holy Week is never on my mind until Good Friday,...

Lenten Devotional: Friday in Lent 5

March 18, 2016 Morning Office Readings: Psalm 22; Exodus 9:13-35; 2 Corinthians 4:1-12; Mark 10:32-45 When I read the story of Moses stretching out his arms and God sending thunder,...

Lenten Devotional: Thursday in Lent 5

March 17, 2016 Morning Prayer Readings: Psalms 131-133; Exodus 7:25-8:19; 2 Corinthians 3:7-18; Mark 10:17-31 Seders at my grandparents’ house were never a fancy affair. We usually were down in the unfinished...

Lenten Devotional: Wednesday in Lent 5

March 16, 2016 Morning Office Readings: Psalm 119:145-176; Exodus 7:8-24, 2 Cor. 2:14-3:6 Mark 10:1-16 Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Surely we do not need, as some do, letters of...

Lenten Devotional: Tuesday in Lent 5

March 15, 2016 Morning Office Readings: Psalms 121, 122, 123; Exodus 5:1-6:1; 1 Corinthians 14:20-33,39-40; Mark 9:42-50 Just a couple of weeks ago the movie Spotlight took home the Academy Award for...

Lenten Devotional: Monday in Lent 5

Monday: Fifth Week of Lent March 14, 2016 Morning Office Readings: Psalm 31; Exodus 4:10-31; 1 Corinthians 14:1-19; Mark 9:30-41 I will rejoice and be glad because of your mercy;...

Lenten Devotional: Thursday in Lent 4

March 10, 2016 Morning Prayer Readings: 69:1-23; Exodus 1:6-22; 1 Corinthians 12:12-26; Mark 8:27-9:1 But the midwives feared God. Pharaoh feared the Hebrews, feared wartime enemies, feared losing his...

Lenten Devotional: Wednesday in Lent 4

March 9, 2016 Morning Office Readings: Psalm 101, 109:1-30 Gen. 50:15-26 1 Cor. 12:1-11 Mark 8:11-26 2 short reflections.  Hey, it’s Wednesday.  It’s hump day.  Then Joseph said to his...

Lenten Devotional: Friday in Lent 3

March 4, 2016 Morning Office Readings: Psalm 88; Genesis 47:1-26; 1 Corinthians 9:16-27; Mark 6:47-56 This eighteen verse psalm is the lamentation of a very despondent soul.  The author is dramatic...

Lenten Devotional: Thursday in Lent 3

March 3, 2016 Morning Office Readings: Psalm 119:97-120; Genesis 46:1-7,28-34; 1 Corinthians 9:1-15; Mark 6:30-46 How sweet are your words to my taste! They are sweeter than honey to my mouth. (Psalm 119:103) There’s...

Lenten Devotional: Wednesday in Lent 3

March 2, 2016 Morning Office Readings: Psalm 119:97-120; Genesis 45:16-28; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13; Mark 6:13-29 If you’ve been reading along with us through Lent, you know we’re getting to the...

Lenten Devotional: Tuesday in Lent 3

March 1, 2016 Morning Office Readings: Psalm 78:1-39; Genesis 45:1-15; 1 Corinthians 7:32-40; Mark 6:1-13 Psalm 78 was one of my “cheat sheets” in the Old Testament survey course required of...

Lenten Devotional: Monday in Lent 3

February 29, 2016 Morning Office Readings: Psalm 80; Genesis 44:18-34; 1 Corinthians 7:25-3; Mark 5:21-43 It’s not resurrection. That will come later, after the cross, after his own death, after three...