Building Up

The letter to the Ephesians goes on to ask the community to think about how its speech and relationship “builds up” the Body of Christ. In all of our myriad ways of communicating in our world, how can we be thoughtful about the modes, means, and message we communicate in, as we seek to build … Read more

“When I Grow Up”

The letter to the Ephesians asks the newly forming (and re-forming) church to “grow up” into the full maturity of Christ. How is this different from all of the ways we used to be told to grow up as young people? From the wary ways we view age in our culture? And… how do we … Read more

Soul Waiting – Pilgrimage

Scripture: Psalm 130 The psalmist shares words of lament and complaint, but they are a “traveling song.” Our ancestors, and we, can often use language of “waiting for God” to respond in times of deep need… but might we instead be invited onto the “pathway” of healing and wholeness? The update from Little Children of … Read more

Leaders: How to See

Scripture: 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13 What do we look for when we are looking for leaders? The prophet Samuel goes looking for a king, but almost misses the youngest son and shepherd, David. Do we miss seeing the leadership gifts of young people? Of people who are already out “in the field” doing the work of … Read more

Leaders: A Problem of Kings

Scripture: 1 Samuel 8:4-20 The people of Israel petition the prophet Samuel for a king to lead them. They—and we—are invited to think about leadership as God would offer it to us compared to the ways of rulers and monarchs. Can we rest in the security of God’s care? Can we commit ourselves to the … Read more