Jesus Diaries: Personal Encounters with our Living Lord

Jesus Diaries: Personal Encounters with our Living Lord

Contemporary image of Jesus Ascending


In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to…

Drawn In

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…

Chasing Ghosts

They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread. While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and…
Drawing of the Road to Emmaus by Rembrandt

An Angel Unawares

As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.” So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he…
"Doubting Thomas" mosaic

Transforming Pain into Love

Somehow, we humans need a God with scars; reminders of struggles we’ve been through, of all kinds; but scars are also signs of the healing process of life. The scars that Jesus showed to Thomas, paired with his announcement of forgiveness and peace, drove home the reality of Jesus’ transforming love and surprising presence.

Easter Sunday – Deep Dawning

Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! They say that while circling the earth in outer space you can see an arched line that can only be described as earth’s deep dawn; light slowly emerging from sheer darkness. No one has seen it with their eyes, unless it’s been from outer space, looking back. It’s hard to imagine an actual line… yet it is very real… I am sure there is such a thing as deep, deep dawn for each…

A Piece of Jesus’ Mind

[In our gospel lesson today, we hear of a woman anointing Jesus’ feet. This isn’t the only time it happens in the gospels. Luke is the only one who doesn’t put this well-remembered story immediately before Jesus’ passion. This story comes in the first third of Luke’s gospel, and with good reason. He doesn’t put it so close to Jesus’ death that we make the connection between the anointing and the preparation for burial. Rather, Luke places the event in…
Rembrandt's Christ and th Canaanite Woman

The Gospel for Yelping Puppies

Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon.  Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.” But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, “Send her away, she keeps shouting after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of…
Hands held up against an evening sky

Bound to be Loosed

We have come together on this Sabbath Day, drawn somehow by God’s goodness… and God meets us here, freeing us, at least momentarily, of that which binds us and holds us back. In this Sabbath time together, when we intentionally name and claim God’s love for us- we also recognize ways in which the gifts we have been given are not being used as fully as they could be… That God’s Spirit could help unbind us from that which keeps us from ling more fully as Jesus would have us live…. to become more fully the people God has made us to be…

Jesus, the Desert, and You

Jesus is not going to be distracted by the daring, the intriguing or the spectacular. He can’t be bought off with food, he can’t be bribed with high office; he can’t be distracted by entertainment. He can’t be put off from his purpose. That’s strength you can count on, even in your wilderness.