Category: New Beginnings

Posted on: March 2, 2016 Posted by: Richard Comments: 0

Order In The Court!

“Don’t judge.” Jesus said that, and I suspect He was serious. I’m supposed to do my best to not judge other people. God’s the judge. I’m not. When I judge someone, I try to become God. Pretty serious stuff, right? For Lent this year I decided to take the notion …

Posted on: February 3, 2016 Posted by: Richard Comments: 0

I Wish We Could Go Back…

Can you imagine Jesus pointing us back to “the good old days”? I can’t. The idea of striving for a return to an imaginary past in which everything was somehow better doesn’t fit at all with following Jesus as I understand Him. Jesus is about moving forward, about taking risks. He’s …

Posted on: January 1, 2016 Posted by: Richard Comments: 0

Thinking About The Big Picture

Happy New Year! I’m not a New Year’s Resolutions guy. However, I do find this to be a useful season to slow down a bit and take some time to reflect, reevaluate, and recalibrate. I’m reminding myself to think more about the big picture. I know God sees things from a perspective I …

Posted on: November 18, 2015 Posted by: Richard Comments: 0

Who Is This Guy?

I take inspiration where I find it. One of my all-time favorite movies is Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Mega-famous actors, cowboys, chase scenes, romance, drama, great music, even an iconic bicycle encounter with an angry bull…what’s not to love about a film in which Butch concludes another caper with the …

Posted on: August 27, 2015 Posted by: Richard Comments: 0

Where Did They (We) Go Wrong?

Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. (Matthew 22:15) It’s not an isolated incident. Religious leaders were always seeking opportunities to twist Jesus’ words, catch Him breaking a rule–anything to discredit Him and diminish His increasing influence among the people. We’ve read the …

Posted on: July 23, 2015 Posted by: Richard Comments: 0

Shine Or Reflect?

Forty-six years ago this week, two humans first stood on the moon. July 20, 1969 offered an historic opportunity for perspective. Many folks saw an opportunity to look toward the stars. Others turned and gazed homeward. The shining blue Earth reminded me of a curious bit of advice I saw …

Posted on: May 8, 2015 Posted by: Richard Comments: 1

Why I Don’t Rescue

Ever feel like you needed to rescue someone? As a new teacher, I was sure I had a lot to offer. The students needed me. They needed what I had. I was the outside expert parachuting into their world to save them from their ignorance and give them what they couldn’t …

Posted on: April 23, 2015 Posted by: Richard Comments: 0

Can You Imagine?

Have you watched A.D. The Bible Continues? I caught a random episode last weekend and got absolutely caught up in one scene. On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood …

Posted on: February 26, 2015 Posted by: Richard Comments: 0

A Burden I’m Not Supposed To Carry

I like to think I don’t judge people. Problem is, I like to think a lot of things that aren’t true. Sadly, not-judging is one of them. I’m thinking about this because our small group is doing a study of the life of Abraham, and I find myself frequently being …

Posted on: January 1, 2015 Posted by: Richard Comments: 1

Freedom For A New Year

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1) There are two kinds of freedom. Freedom from allows life without oppression, injustice, tyranny, abuse, or violence. Freedom from insures my right …

Posted on: December 18, 2014 Posted by: Richard Comments: 0

Do You Ask Questions You Can’t Answer?

I wish I could talk to the baby in the Nativity scene. I know–it’s only a wooden carving, and conversations with babies tend to be sort of one-sided anyway. And it’s Jesus, so I can talk to Him whenever I want. It’s just that when I look at the baby …

Posted on: December 11, 2014 Posted by: Richard Comments: 0

The First Advent

If Advent’s about anticipation, what was that first Advent like for Jesus? I look at the helpless baby in the manger and wonder what it was like as He waited. Because He wasn’t always a baby. Time had never been an issue, but now there was this moment in time …