εὔσπλαγχνος- Lost in translation

In this week's readings, we find ourselves in Ephesians 4, listening to Paul's encouragement in "Christian Living" (as the inspired sub-heading tells us.) As we are discussing the finer theological merits of the passage, one person speaks out and asks, "What does that word 'tenderhearted' mean in the Greek?" 32 and be kind to one another,…

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Don’t Skip to Salvation: A Lenten Warning

I picked up a Lenten Bible study off the couch yesterday and opened it up. "We are but dust, but we have a Savior!" That was the first line of the thing. I read a bit more and didn't think much about it. This morning, on Ash Wednesday, we read Jesus' teachings in Matthew 6,…

Woe to the Shepherds

The Old Testament lesson from the lectionary this week is from Jeremiah 23:1-6. In the first two verses, God gives a stern "Woe" to Judah's leaders, accusing them of driving God's flock away. The former shepherds in question are the kings of Judah who have failed to protect the flock. In the previous chapters, Jeremiah…

If I’m Being Honest…

I have been doing a lot of thinking about why the election has upset me so much. Through a lot of introspection, I have devised a list of things that are not the cause. The evangelical vote doesn't upset me. The difference between the popular vote and the electoral college doesn't upset me. The partisan rhetoric before,…

Putting God in Our Hands

Rachel Held Evans was a joy to listen to last Friday evening. She read several excerpts from her book, Searching For Sunday, and spoke specifically on what she likes to call "keeping the Church weird." She gives this message in response to the common question, "Why are millennials leaving the church?" She smartly recognizes that our generation…

Climbing Trees

This week's gospel reading from the Revised Common Lectionary comes from Luke 19. Those of us with the unique pleasure of attending a Vacation Bible School will immediately start singing the song. "Zacchaeus was a wee little man, and a wee little man was he!" Geez! Can you imagine if Zacchaeus was around to hear this song?…