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Forward Day By Day – September 18, 2019

Today is the first of three Ember Days this week (Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday). Ember Days fall once in each season and are observed by clergy as days of fasting and prayer, a time for deep reflection on their vocation. Ember Days are also the appointed times for...

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Forward Day By Day – September 17, 2019

On the day they crucify Jesus, his limp body hanging on the cross, his followers hide—afraid for their lives as they recall the cries of the crowd: Crucify him! The regular folks who have gathered to watch the killing seem convinced that Jesus’ teachings are...

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Forward Day By Day – September 16, 2019

Years ago, I overheard a conversation between two engineers, one a Christian and the other, an Animist. The Christian asked, “Do you really believe that spirits live in rocks and trees and rivers and such?” The Animist asked, “Do you really believe that a man was...

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Forward Day By Day – September 15, 2019

When I started going to church and preparing for baptism, my wife told me, “Whatever you do, don’t come back later and tell me you want to be a priest!” A few years later, I spent a long day working up the courage to tell my wife I thought I was being called to...

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Forward Day By Day – September 14, 2019

Jesus’ ministry is invitational, not coercive. He responds to the faith of those who seek him with healing and wholeness—he does not demand their obeisance or obedience. Jesus reserves his sharpest words for those who impose barriers on loving responses to the world’s...

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Forward Day By Day – September 13, 2019

What the psalmist means by “safe” probably isn’t the same as our notion of it. We like to snuggle into our safe life, one without tremendous risk of injury (physical or emotional). We pray for our loved ones to be safe from all harm. But following Jes....(View this...

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Forward Day By Day – September 12, 2019

Every generation is confronted with the tension between short-term gains and God’s long-term plan, between the will to power and the will to love. Today, we see Ahab turn his back on God to worship another god, Baal, because doing so represents the path of least...

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Forward Day By Day – September 11, 2019

We live in a world that is, in some very real ways, infected by evil. From genocides and wars to racism and other forms of discrimination, evil snakes in and around us in insidious, awful ways. But thanks be to Jesus, we do not have to be slaves to evil and....(View...

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Forward Day By Day – September 10, 2019

The first time I really looked into my spouse’s eyes, I was smitten. I wanted to ask for a kiss, but I was too afraid. We are often more frightened by the possibility of something good happening than the certainty of something bad. It’s the same feeling that leads us...

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Forward Day By Day – September 9, 2019

At a certain point in my life, I came to realize that being wholly responsible for myself was not working out. I was broken, and the weight of my brokenness was overwhelming. Though my physical health was sound, I was in need of healing. I suspect that many....(View...

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Forward Day By Day – September 8, 2019

Like many people, I struggle to live outside my own head. I find it easier to accept what the church teaches about Jesus than to make those ideas physically manifest in my life. Following Jesus and doing what he does takes a lot more effort than merely admiring him or...

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Forward Day By Day – September 7, 2019

After two millennia, most Christians seem to have taken James’s advice to heart and have become very patient about the return of Jesus. I rarely encounter any real sense of urgency around mission or evangelism rooted in an imminent sense of Christ’s return. Without a...

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Forward Day By Day – September 6, 2019

When I was eleven, I was the target of a bully. I walked two miles out of my way to avoid going past his house on my way home from school. I withdrew from life and friends because I was afraid. Finally, with the support of adults who loved me, my bully problem was...

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Forward Day By Day – September 5, 2019

Like the psalmist, we might proclaim that nice guys finish first, but many of us secretly harbor a preference for the rascals. We have aphorisms that reinforce this notion: If you can’t beat them, join them! You have to fight fire with fire. We say Everyone does it!...

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Forward Day By Day – September 4, 2019

“I hate you!” I could hardly believe the words spilling from my child’s mouth. How could someone so loved and cared for offer such unkindness? But I once said the same to my parents, and most parents I know have been on both ends of this dreaded interaction. We can...

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Forward Day By Day – September 3, 2019

On several occasions when I was younger, eager evangelists showed up at my door asking if I had accepted Christ. I discovered that if I answered, “No, but I’d like to,” they would offer some prayer I was to repeat and then be on their way to scout for another...

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Forward Day By Day – September 2, 2019

I’ve never wanted to be a martyr—who would? Yet I remember looking around in chapel one day during seminary and seeing a plaque honoring a former student who was martyred in New Guinea during World War II. How different were we, really? Two students separated only by...

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Forward Day By Day – September 1, 2019

I once worked at a parish that hosted a weekly meal for our neighbors—many were poor, many were homeless. We served the meal family style, with parish leaders sitting at tables with our neighbors. Other churches and community groups took turns cooking and....(View...

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Forward Day By Day – August 31, 2019

Liturgical Christians often relegate this story to Palm Sunday and Holy Week where it temporally belongs. How unnerving to have it pop up here like an unwelcome guest at a birthday party. But it never hurts to remind ourselves that Jesus suffers as we do and is...

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Forward Day By Day – August 30, 2019

I would wager that if you asked 100 people to tell you something they know about Paul, not one of them would say he was a healer. Agitator, preacher, orator, persecutor, letter-writer—sure…but a healer? We can never know the completeness of another pers....(View this...

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Forward Day By Day – August 29, 2019

Even the great King Solomon had days when he was just managing administrative details. Maybe he kept office hours during which his subjects could bring their arguments and complaints. On this day, two women have brought a tricky problem to the king. It’s a case of she...

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Forward Day By Day – August 28, 2019

God’s words come to us in myriad ways. Anyone who has heard God’s still, small voice nudging the soul has heard the word of God. The joyful sensation we feel in communion with other Christians is God working in us. God’s word can also come to us in the counsel of wise...

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Forward Day By Day – August 27, 2019

Paul has been in prison at Caesarea for two years, and he is in what seems to be a constant state of self-defense. And yet Paul is always telling the story of Jesus of Nazareth. He will not be deterred. Agrippa himself accuses Paul of trying to convert him. ....(View...

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Forward Day By Day – August 26, 2019

Again, the daily readings are a festival of intrigue. Bathsheba and Nathan scheme against a pretender to David’s throne. Paul continues his self-defense arguments, this time in front of Agrippa. And in Mark’s Gospel, Jesus’ mood is positively apocalyptic. ....(View...

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