Forward Day By Day – September 21, 2020

How must Matthew have felt in this moment? Was Matthew embarrassed? Insulted? Perhaps even insulted on behalf of his guests? Admitting personal weaknesses is difficult. It makes us vulnerable. It is possible we will be ridiculed and ostracized, shown to be utterly...

Forward Day By Day – September 20, 2020

I struggle with the idea of Christian unity, of being of “one mind” by faith. This has sometimes set Christians in opposition to their neighbors in ways that have been exclusionary and violent. We have drawn lines in the sand and divided communities. And yet, our...

Forward Day By Day – September 19, 2020

I try to keep myself very busy running from work to home, to the gym, to a friend’s, to church, to the store. I fill my life with activities and people I care for. This is the life I live alongside all of the other striving, hardworking people of this country. Our...

Forward Day By Day – September 18, 2020

For a moment with the dying sun before me and the warm rock beneath me, I feel peace settling into my bones. I breathe with the waves and am carried by gulls into even deeper peace. I allow myself to be taken by it, to dwell in it, and to begin to carry that peace...

Forward Day By Day – September 17, 2020

From the Archives: May 29, 1953How should people feel toward their clergy and how should they treat them? Let me offer my own answer as a minister.We want your prayers. Our task is spiritual, and it puts a heavy drain on our so….(View this reading and more...

Forward Day By Day – September 16, 2020

When I was a young adult minister, I had the privilege of listening to a lot of people discerning their vocations. Some were called to holy orders; far more were confirmed in the ministry of the laity. Some were called to strive for equality and environmental...

Forward Day By Day – September 15, 2020

These words spoken by the Pharisees after seeing Jesus ride triumphant into Jerusalem for the Passover strike me as both folly and cause for celebration. For one, God’s movement in the world is too powerful for evil to overcome. God moves in the world, and the world...

Forward Day By Day – September 14, 2020

Almost every supervillain storyline follows a similar trope: dispossessed individuals gain some power but subsequently isolate and overextend themselves. Meanwhile, much more powerful superheroes acknowledge their need for relationship and commitment to others and...

Forward Day By Day – September 13, 2020

Like many Christians, I seek to serve; I look for opportunities to help. Unwittingly I appoint myself judge over who needs help and what help they need. I see the homeless on the street and decide who to give to and in what amount.Congregations and community groups...

Forward Day By Day – September 12, 2020

As a consultant, I am often invited into spaces where I may know less than those I am advising. I do not understand chemistry as well as an engineer, instruction as well as a curriculum designer. Yet I am invited to counsel and help to clarify paths around and through...

Forward Day By Day – September 11, 2020

John is the gospel of the divine Jesus, who foretells his own death and who is the Word incarnate. In the story of the raising of Lazarus, Jesus decides not to go directly when he hears his friend is ill. He is infinitely confident in his divinity and seems to know...

Forward Day By Day – September 10, 2020

From the Archives: October 10, 1952The psalmist appears to be celebrating the two things that have most impressed their mind and spirit: the glory of God manifested in the heavens and the righteousness of God as revealed in the Law. The firs….(View this reading...

Forward Day By Day – September 9, 2020

There is always more to be done: I sometimes wish I could extend the day infinitely, just to catch up so that tomorrow might arrive with a blank slate. The blue light of our screens and the caffeine in our coffees incrementally extend day into night, often at the cost...

Forward Day By Day – September 8, 2020

Paul and Barnabas have just healed a man, lame from birth, in the name of Jesus. The people are amazed and attribute the act to the men before them, not the God they serve. We only see what we know how to look for.By putting Edison’s face on the light...

Forward Day By Day – September 7, 2020

In large-group discussions, I often experience a great deal of anxiety before I contribute. A thought will hit me, and I quickly bat it away. I try to listen even harder to what others are saying, but the incessant buzzing of that thought grows in intensity until I...

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