It is possible to be totally right and still be wrong.
It is possible to have the right answers and still miss the point as to why the answers were spoken into existence in the first place. That is what is happening here in Revelation 2 – in the letter to the church of Ephesus:
“I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear […]
Revelation has always been an interesting book to me. I remember as a kid reading Jerry Jenkin’s Left Behind series, and feeling the existential horror of killer bees and earthquakes and guillotines and oceans turning to blood. In fact, if most of us think of the book of Revelation, we may think of dark images such as these. There are many pictures that are […]
A forest ranger listens from the next room to her father, Mr. Meachum, telling a group of neighborhood children his legendary encounter with a giant, green dragon in the woods. As the children’s eyes are undone from the amazing, perilous climax, the man’s story is interrupted by a particular forest ranger.
“Scaring the kids again, dad?” she says.
“No, No, No…” he says smiling at his daughter. “I was just giving them […]
Sometimes the obstacles in front of us feel insurmountable. The raging rapids of the river echoes laughter at our inaction as we stand on the banks. And yet, as we look at the those hellish waves that threaten to tear us to ribbons, we swallow the knot that rests in our throats. We close our eyes and hear the reverberations of a command “go make disciples”, but our eyes are […]
“Here we go again,” I remember thinking.
That orange and black, schedule-killing, “DETOUR” sign and its implications replayed in my head like a symphony of dissonance. How quickly my favorite Kubota tractor colors would diminish from happily leading the way through my personal therapy sessions cutting the grass into the uneasy anticipation of “cutting it close” for time. And my impulsive intentions climbed from internal complaints to an almost inexplicable desire […]
We had our first week back at church recently. I will say it was an emotional experience. I loved hearing the multitude of voices and bustle of conversation that happened in the parking lot after service. I loved hearing the cries of toddlers and babies all across the sanctuary as we turned our ears to listen to the message. In a moment, we had packed generations into a single room […]