When I was in seminary, I often traveled long distances by bus. Greyhound used to have a $59 ticket to anywhere in North America.…
Back when it was “a different time” – in this case, just 1992 – the pastor warmed up our mens’ Bible study with, “Why…
If you’ve been part of a marching band, you know how intricate the planning is for halftime. I spent the last 16 years in…
“Ruth’s life is not living up to her expectations. She is a childless widow, living in a foreign land, dependent on the favor of strangers. Enter the Redeemer – the one who can rewrite the ending of a story gone wrong, buying back tragedy and making way for restoration.”
“It wasn’t until I came to the U.S. as an immigrant that I was given this label or identity of being a Hispanic.”
“There is a holy reckoning unfolding before us in the church.”
We can’t run
from this. No matter how powerful, wealthy, famous, or holy we are, we are ashes. No matter how great of an influencer on social media we are, we are
ashes. No matter how big a church we are part of, we are ashes. We are ashes. We are broken. We are sinful.
This realization of brokenness is one of the greatest gifts we can ever receive.
“What do you mean, that’s not my father? Those are the hands that cared for me. Those are the arms that took me up and hugged me. Those are the lips that spoke to me; the eyes that searched for me; the chest on which I fell asleep, knowing I was safe in his care. Everything I have ever known of my father was through this body. Don’t tell me that’s not him.”
Good leadership requires self-awareness: a leader knowing herself by acknowledging her gifts and limits to set herself up for success.
God wanted them to know that even though they were suffering, they were not forsaken. God wanted the people of Israel to understand that the hardship they were experiencing would not be the end of them. God wanted to give them a fresh start, a new beginning in their life, a relaunch, so to speak. By telling them, “forget the former things,” God was saying, “it is time to move on.”