Like Us in Every Way

Like Us in Every Way

Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. (Matthew 3:13) One of the curiosities about Jesus being baptized by John in the Jordan is why Jesus needed to be baptized at all. The baptism John was preaching about was one of repentance and...
Jesus the Refugee

Jesus the Refugee

God’s angel showed up again in Joseph’s dream and commanded, “Get up. Take the child and his mother and flee to Egypt. Stay until further notice. Herod is on the hunt for this child, and wants to kill him. (Matthew 2:13, MSG) Stories in the Old Testament tell about...
Dropping Everything

Dropping Everything

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him.” (Matthew 4:19-20) I cannot get over how quickly the disciples make the decision to follow Jesus. As Matthew tells it, they were right in the...
Bearers of Hope Who Save “Walkers Without Spirit”

Bearers of Hope Who Save “Walkers Without Spirit”

There was an article in the Chicago Tribune by a writer named Jim Yardley. It concerns a great bridge that spans the Yangtze River in China. The bridge carries thousands of pedestrians across it every day. Unfortunately, a few of these persons use the Yangtze River...
Life’s Most Urgent Question

Life’s Most Urgent Question

Today we celebrate the life and ministry of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. One of my favorite quotes is his bold claim that, “Life’s most urgent and persistent question is, what are you doing for others?” Dr. King gave his life for others. He lived what he...
Just A Beginning

Just A Beginning

There’s the story told among the German Baptist Brethren, about a man who resisted the call of God for decades before finally giving his life to Christ. As was the custom, he was baptized on Christmas Day. The minister literally broke the ice on the surface of the...
We Need Each Other

We Need Each Other

There was a couple in a church where I once served, who were going through a really difficult time in their marriage, and they stopped coming to worship. I ran into her at the grocery, and you know how people think of the pastor as the attendance police. So, she...
The Baptism of the Lord

The Baptism of the Lord

Yesterday in many churches around the world, we celebrated the baptism of Jesus. Imagine the scene for just a minute, nearly two thousand years ago. Jesus is standing in the mud with a crowd of sinners. John the Baptizer is wrapped in camel’s hair, eating locus and...
Come Back to Touch

Come Back to Touch

Yesterday I shared a story told by Peggy Donaldson. She also shared a story from a sermon she once heard where the pastor was on vacation with his wife and nine-year-old son. They were walking along a shopping district, looking in windows and enjoying the day. Their...
Don’t Play Small

Don’t Play Small

Many years ago, my friend Peggy Donaldson sent me some stories from her life that informed her theology. As I look back over them, indeed I find that they are treasures! I’d like to share one with you today. Once when she and her husband Bob were on vacation in...