Ordinary Time

Ordinary Time

May 25, 2019By Deidra Riggs

Their conversation was drowned out by the wind and the sound of the sea and the call of seagulls overhead. If I close my eyes right now, I can take myself right back there. And I know, without being there, that the wind is still blowing, the sea is still churning, and the gulls are still calling out to one another. I know it, even though I cannot see it. Thanks be to God.

Praising God Playfully

Praising God Playfully

May 24, 2019By Mark D. Roberts

I often write about how we can worship God through our daily work. This dimension of worship has been ignored in many of our Christian communities and deserves plenty of attention. But, today I’m impressed by the possibility of play that praises God. Surely we glorify God when we use our abilities to do good work. But we were also made to play, to run and jump, to dance, and to laugh. We too can glorify God when we play, delighting in his creation, offering ourselves to him in all that we do, in work and in rest, in prayer and in play.

Imitate Your Heavenly Father

Imitate Your Heavenly Father

May 23, 2019By Mark D. Roberts

Children imitate their parents, both intentionally and unintentionally. They learn how to act and speak by watching their parents and doing what they see and hear. This should also be true in our relationship with our Heavenly Father. In Ephesians 5:1 we read, “Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children.” This imperative could be translated more literally, “Be imitators of God, therefore, as beloved children.”

Be Like God . . . But Not Always

Be Like God . . . But Not Always

May 22, 2019By Mark D. Roberts

According to Ephesians 5:1, we are to “Follow God’s example.” The Greek underlying this imperative reads more literally, “Be imitators of God.” Now that’s a tall order . . . and a wonderful one . . . and a curious one. We wonder what it really means for us to imitate God.

Be a Mime of God

Be a Mime of God

May 21, 2019By Mark D. Roberts

Of course there is a major difference between today’s mimes and being mimes of God. When a mimes act as if a box is closing in around them, we understand that there isn’t a real box present. The mime is helping us to see what’s not actually there. In the case of miming God, however, the opposite is true. Through our godlike actions, we help others to see the God who is there. We make real for people that which they might not comprehend through words alone.

A Vision of a Forgiven and Forgiving Community

A Vision of a Forgiven and Forgiving Community

May 20, 2019By Mark D. Roberts

Forgiveness is hard to come by these days, to say the least. When people in the public eye make mistakes, they are instantly savaged on social media and in the press. Increasingly, this kind of viral destruction happens also for those whose private errors catch the attention of Google, Facebook, or Twitter. On these platforms you almost never hear people offer forgiveness to others or seek forgiveness for their misdoings.

What’s Your Function? Governance

What’s Your Function? Governance

May 19, 2019By Breon Wells

When I look at the scriptures I resonate with the narratives of Esther, the intercessor and advocate who saved her people from extinction; Joseph, the brilliant economic strategist that saved a world in famine; and Daniel, the advisor to numerous kings, who functioned as a vice president in Babylon. These narratives are an inspiration to me and serve as broad templates as I navigate through the realm of governance.

Leadership Prayers: Psalm 139

Leadership Prayers: Psalm 139

May 18, 2019By Uli Chi

The Hubble Telescope is an extraordinary invention. With it, we can see from unimaginable distances some of the farthest reaches of the universe; and simultaneously we can look back in time to see stars and galaxies as they were thousands and even millions of years ago. Perhaps the Hubble serves as a useful analogy for God’s ability to see from far away what is going on in our lives, and to look back through our personal history even to our formation in the womb. But, unlike the Hubble, which passively gathers information from a long time ago and from galaxies far away, Psalm 139 reminds us that God knows each of us personally. Extraordinarily, God sees, not from a vast distance, but up close and in person.

God’s Blessing and Human Work

God’s Blessing and Human Work

May 17, 2019By Mark D. Roberts

So, as we celebrate God’s provision of wheat and other natural blessings, we also remember and celebrate God’s choice to provide through our work. What we do matters, not only for ourselves, but also for others who are beneficiaries of our efforts.

Why Should You Forgive? Part 2

Why Should You Forgive? Part 2

May 16, 2019By Mark D. Roberts

The more we take in how God has forgiven us in Christ, the more we will be encouraged to forgive others. The more we let the model of God’s forgiveness in Christ guide us, the more we will want to forgive graciously, mercifully, and lovingly. The more we experience the freedom of God’s forgiveness, the more we will be free to forgive others.

Why Should You Forgive? Part 1

Why Should You Forgive? Part 1

May 15, 2019By Mark D. Roberts

Have you ever wondered why you should forgive someone who wronged you? I expect you have. I know I have. There have been times in my life when someone has deeply hurt me. I didn’t want to forgive and I wondered why I should. Holding onto unforgiveness can feel so safe, even so justifiable. Forgiveness seems to require opening myself up to being hurt again, which is the last thing I want to do. So, why should you forgive someone how wronged you?

Be Compassionate and Tenderhearted

Be Compassionate and Tenderhearted

May 14, 2019By Mark D. Roberts

Are you compassionate? Are you tenderhearted? Or are you too absorbed in your own life to feel what others are feeling? Are you too focused on the task at hand to pay attention to the people doing the task? In many cases, our lack of compassion for others reflects, not so much our hard-heartedness as our sheer busyness.