In October 2016, I gave the following exposition on Luke 1:46-55, known as Mary's Song or the Magnificat, at my church for a women's event. In this season of Advent, I'd like to share it with you. It's interesting that Luke includes in his Gospel Mary's Song, which is an interpretation of the preceeding events … Continue reading The God who is for us: Mary’s Song
By Osvaldo and Kristen Padilla It has been the suggestion of a number of Protestant denominations that the matter of LGBTQ can be separated from the basics of the gospel. That is, that one can be affirming of homosexual unions (please note the clarification about this at the bottom) but this need not affect the … Continue reading Homosexuality and the Love of God: A response to Jen Hatmaker and Katelyn Beaty
"Behold, the dwelling place is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former … Continue reading No More Graves
"Life is lived forwards but understood backwards." I believe that my Christian preaching professor was quoting someone else when he spoke these words in class more than eight years ago, but I attribute them to him and have never forgotten them. Back in perhaps late October or early November (I don't remember now), the women's … Continue reading Tomorrow Will Be Anxious for Itself: Finding Grace and Peace for Today
"Jesu, the very thought of Thee With sweetness fills my breast: But sweeter far Thy face to see, And in Thy presence rest." St. Bernard of Clairvaux, 12th century What creates unrest in your life? Worry? Fear? Relationships? Health? Your children’s extra-curricular activities? Bills? Money? Violence? We live in a world of unrest – … Continue reading Rest in God: Reflections on biblical rest
When we moved into our rental property this summer in Cambridge, England, our landlord left only a few instructions for us. One of those instructions was how to descale our appliances and how often we should do it. Descaling appliances? I had no idea what she meant. It didn’t take long, however, to learn. You … Continue reading Reflections on human-centered preaching
(For the Introduction, read it here.) Does what you say matter? Are your words of value or importance? I'd like you to think about this. Can we ascribe any weight to words or the people behind the words? I would like to think so! Otherwise I have no reason to talk or … Continue reading Should we critique where there is heresy?