Category Archives: Disappointment

Hosanna and the Idolatry of Our Expectations

Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, … Continue reading

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Psalm 6: Drenched Couches

Sorry for the long delay between Psalm posts. I’ve been a little discouraged but now I’m back in the groove of writing again. Psalm 6 is a cry for healing amid the weight of grief and anguish. David begins this … Continue reading

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A New Day: Garland Instead of Ashes, Part 3

Because Jesus died on the day of Preparation, some of His followers had to hustle to bury Him before the Sabbath began. His body was turned over to Joseph of Arimathaea, a wealthy disciple who arranged for Jesus to be … Continue reading

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A New Day: The Gift, Part 2

The Gospel writer tells us that Isaiah’s prophecy was fulfilled in Jesus. In Matthew 4, Matthew quotes this verse when Jesus begins His ministry, specifically when He begins preaching His message of repentance. Jesus is indeed the great light, the … Continue reading

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Overexpecting

It seems to me that we tend to overexpect quite a bit — we have unrealistic expectations for our institutions, our relationships, or really just about any area of our lives. I first came across the word in James K.A. … Continue reading

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Meditation: January 8, 2021

It’s been a difficult week. There was turmoil in Washington D.C. this week as a group of violent protesters stormed the Capitol building, wreaking havoc. It seems they thought they were taking something back. But lives were lost, as was … Continue reading

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Politics: The Ideology of Idolatry

I’m convinced that the great idolatry for many of us is our deep commitment to our political ideology. The past few months have been difficult for all of us. I’ve taken to saying things like, “We’re all playing hurt,” and … Continue reading

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What Breaks Your Heart?

What breaks your heart? I’ve been thinking about the things that get us really incensed, the sorts of things that outrage us. In my circles, I hear a lot of outrage over things like businesses requiring patrons to wear masks. … Continue reading

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The Gospel According to Genesis: When We Wrestle

In our study of Genesis, we have talked about a God who creates; a God who faithfully keeps His promises; a God who sees us, even when we feel overlooked. We have looked at the stories of Abraham, Sarah, Hagar, … Continue reading

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The Gospel According to Genesis: When We Laugh, Part 2

And this whole story repeats itself in the next chapter.  And the LORD appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the door of his tent in the heat of the day.  Genesis 18:1 Not long … Continue reading

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