Proverbs 15:19 “The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway.” (NIV) Today's Thought Have you seen the Zootopia movie? It came out from Disney last year. In one scene, police officer Judy Hopps (a bunny) and Nick Wilde (a fox) go into the Department of Motor … Continue reading The pablum of the weak
I don’t know about you, but when I read the Bible there’s a silent conversation happening in my head. With a lot of stories and verses I’m saying things like ‘Yeah, that’s awesome, that’s good too, oh yup…” But then I run into passages like this one and yup turns into gulp: “If anyone wants … Continue reading A verse we read with one eye closed
Hebrews 13:1 “Let mutual love continue." (NRSV) Today’s Thought These days I’m thinking a lot about purpose. I just think that knowing your purpose has the potential to inflate your days with meaning, energy, zest and faith. And if you don’t ever think about how your daily purpose connects up to God’s bigger plans, I … Continue reading Inflated with purpose
In Christian teaching over the past 70 or 80 years there has been an emphasis on heaven and life after death. In a sense, I get that. It’s huge! But I sometimes worry it has overshadowed (to an unhealthy degree) what we’re summoned to do in this life BEFORE we die. One of the thinkers … Continue reading Co-Renovators
Alongside literary giants like Shakespeare and Tolstoy are the Berenstain Bears. (Maybe that’s a stretch, but just go with me on this one.) In one of their timeless classics we learn about The Magic Toeshoes. Basically, a young bear wants to be a ballerina. But her toes are wobbly. So an old ballet master takes pity … Continue reading Your Magic Toeshoes
Micah 6:8 "And what does the LORD require of you?" (NIV) Today's Thought What’s the point? Have you ever asked yourself that question? I have. It’s a question we ask when we’re feeling overwhelmed or alone or frustrated. But it’s also a question we ask as life goes on and we haven’t figured out how … Continue reading What’s the point?
In the movie Witness, a young Amish woman named Rachel falls in love with a police officer who is clearly not Amish. Her father Eli tells her it’s forbidden and that the community elders could have her punished for her actions which, he says, are childish. “I’ll be the judge of that!” she says. “No, … Continue reading When conformity and self-discovery fall flat
Proverbs 3:34 “…but to the humble he gives favor.” (ESV) Today's Thought Recently I was at the hospital and saw a group of doctors having coffee together. All of them were wearing stethoscopes around their necks. I wonder why. Maybe they just didn’t have time to put them away. It’s hard to be sure. And I … Continue reading Hey! I’m one of the important ones!
Genesis 3:19 "...for you are dust, and to dust you shall return." (ESV) Today's Thought There are certain things we just don’t like to think about. Things like taxes. Things like flooded basements. Things like that embarrassing picture of you in grade 11 going up on Facebook! And things like… Death. But do you know … Continue reading The more seriously you take your death…
Is your belief in God rooted in how good God is to you, or in the goodness of God? One of the most inspiring biblical stories is of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. Because of their unswerving loyalty to God they refuse to worship the false gods of King Nebuchadnezzar. So they’re threatened. Either bow down … Continue reading Staring at a loaded gun she still said Yes