Imperfect Believers

Imperfect Believers

The Last Full Measure

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father.…

Monday Morning with Jesus

After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. Just…
Painting of Doubting Thomas & Jesus

Unless I See

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so…

Imperfect Believers: An Unnatural Truth

  “Mary Magdalene turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know it was Jesus…supposing him to be the gardener.”                                  – John 20:14 Easter is always an amazing day, full of tradition, ritual and a celebration that has endured through the centuries… even millennia. We know this story so, so well we could recite it from memory. We know it like the back of our hands. It is familiar enough that nothing more needs to be said…

Imperfect Believers: To Grieve as Those with Hope

Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.” But when Jesus heard it, he said, “This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God’s glory, so that the Son of God…

Imperfect Believers: Bread of Heaven to Earth Come Down

“They found Jesus on the other side of the lake. ‘Rabbi,’ they asked, ‘when did you come here?’ Jesus replied, ‘In very truth I tell you, it is not because you saw signs that you came looking for me, but because you ate the bread and your hunger was satisfied. You should work, not for this perishable food, but for the food that lasts, the food of eternal life. ‘This food the Son of Man will give you, for on…

When It’s Not All About You

Today is Transfiguration Sunday- the Sunday before the beginning of Lent, and we’re approaching it in a way never before attempted (as far as I know), through the storyline of the Book of Ruth. The traditional story of the transfiguration is of Jesus on a mountaintop, bedazzled in a heavenly glow, witnessed by Peter, James and John. The disciples misunderstand what the experience is all about. They think it signals a triumphal moment for Jesus and maybe even the end…