Shirley Wang’s father, Lin, was on a business trip when he ran into NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley. It was the beginning of a friendship.
Brian and Angelo are joined by special guest, Casey Liss.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven.
The risen Jesus said the Holy Spirit gives us the power to forgive sins. This may be more power than we want. We would rather leave the forgiving business to Jesus so we can continue to nurture our hurts. But we have to forgive not for the sake of the offender, but for the sake of our own souls.
Thursday, April 06, 2017
Mary took a pint of costly perfume…anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair.
This scene provides the fulfillment of the conversion motif that has developed through the previous chapter. Mary is again at Jesus’ feet, but in worship rather than grief. Judas objects to her extravagance, even though he was stealing from Jesus. We either give or steal when we come to Jesus.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
It is better for you to have one man die for the people than to have the whole nation destroyed.
A plot develops to kill Jesus immediately after he raises Lazarus from the dead. Seeing the new life that Jesus offers forces a choice. Do you want it? Or would you rather orient your life around the old paradigm of coping with losses? The church needs more than ministers who help people cope.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?
Martha rushed to Jesus, but Mary remained lost in her tears. But both of them offered the same lament at different times: “If you had been here our brother would not have died.” They both believed in their expectations of what Jesus should have done, which is not the same as believing in Jesus.
Thursday, March 02, 2017
…after hearing that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.
The RSV states that “because” Jesus loved them he stayed away when he heard that Lazarus was dying. Some translate the text by saying, “Jesus loved them; therefore, he stayed away…” Jesus doesn’t come just in the nick of time, but long afterwards. That’s because he wants us to love him and not what he can do for us. When we surrender to that love we discover that he does far more than we imagined.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
God changed his mind …
The Hebrew notion is that God’s will is open ended, waiting to make holy responses to our response. It is always possible to repent, or turn, to the God who is waiting to turn to us. But this grace is a scandal to those who think of themselves as righteous. Our calling is never to judge who is right and who is wrong, but only to invite others and ourselves to keep turning back to God.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Poetry Reading and Conversation with National Poet Laureate Billy Collins
Wednesday, November 2
Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins read from his new book of poems and engaged in a conversation with Princeton Seminary President M. Craig Barnes about the nature of poetry, the task of writing, and connections between poetry and faith.
Monday, February 06, 2017
Jonah set out to flee to Tarshish from the presence of God
Jonah received a clear mission from God he did not want. So he tried to run not just from this calling, but also from God. But mission is not just an option on career day. We don’t look for it; it looks for us. And to reject it is to flee from being in the presence of God. But God will relentlessly look for us. It is impossible to hide from God.
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