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I Was Just Thinking … About Humble Exultation

Because the gospel writers frame their narratives differently, we sometimes need to weave them together in order to see the big picture. Only Luke reprises Jesus’ parable about the noble who went to a distant land in order to receive the authority to rule as king. Because he was near to Jerusalem, and because his … Continue reading

Christmas Sonnet 2018—Humble Exemplar

For this year’s Christmas prayer sonnet I thought Philippians 2:6–9 would be a good seed text. It’s not strictly a “Christmas text,” but it is definitely about the incarnation, and, significantly, about our response to it, as Paul suggests earlier in the chapter: Humble perseverance in the face of God’s sovereign dispensation yields effective love and … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Sonnet—A Day Is Not Enough

Always rejoice, constantly pray, in everything give thanks. For this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18 O Lord, we set aside this day to say That we rejoice in all that you have done; With love and joy we’ve only just begun To celebrate your gracious resumé. Indeed, a day … Continue reading

Palm Sunday’s Ride—Humility’s Hurrah

Rejoice greatly, daughter of Zion! Shout, daughter of Jerusalem! Look! Your king is coming to you: he is legitimate and has been saved, humble and riding on a donkey. Zechariah 9:9 Jesus proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because his followers thought that the kingdom of God was going … Continue reading

Christmas Lights

You have prepared your salvation in the presence of all peoples, a light of revelation—to the nations and the glory of your people, Israel. … This child is appointed for the fall and rise of many in Israel and for a sign to be opposed. As a result of him the thoughts of many hearts … Continue reading

From Love to Hope to Faith

It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all. Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect longsuffering as an example for those purposing to believe in … Continue reading

Patient Prince of Peace

God displayed redemption in Christ Jesus to demonstrate his own righteousness, because in his forbearance he passed over previously committed sins, so that he would be just and the justifier of the one who is of the faith of Jesus. Romans 3:25–26 God was patient, not expressing his just anger, despite millennia of abuse by … Continue reading

Enjoying Light

“I am the Light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” John 8:12 “He who sees me sees the One who sent me. I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me will not remain in darkness.” … Continue reading

Invisible Christmas

Let us be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved us and gave himself up for us. Ephesians 5:1–2 The Christmas holiday season is visible in our culture because there’s money to be made. But the greediness and gaudiness of cultural Christmas hides the glory of God’s … Continue reading

Wonderful Thanks

The final two months of the year in our culture seem to bear the general designation “The Holidays.” To be specific, this time of year is defined by Thanksgiving and Christmas. For the past 34 years I’ve been writing poetic prayers as a way of focusing my heart in celebration of these different expressions of … Continue reading