I have certain foods that I like that I'm embarrassed to order in front of people. I don't if that's normal or not. I think it's because I like basically every food and others think certain foods are "gross". Some "gross" foods are more en vogue to like than others. I also get embarrassed for … Continue reading I’m a Little Embarrassed.
Kids are so much better at sharing their faith than we are. They just tell their friends what they learned in Sunday school, or invite friends to VBS, or pray for them by name in their nightly prayers. They're so matter of fact and so often just say what they're thinking...whatever it is. I think … Continue reading Tell It Like It Is
Jesus had grandparents. That's weird to think about. This week we'll read the Luke account of Jesus' entire lineage. If you have a curious child who wants to compare it with the list in Matthew, you'll notice some differences. DOES THIS MEAN THE BIBLE CAN'T BE TRUSTED!?!? No. Both accounts put their emphasis where they … Continue reading Jesus Had Grandparents
I’m going rogue and talking about our gospel reading today, because I think it is such an incredible passage. Elizabeth, a relative of Mary’s, was about 6 months pregnant. Her pregnancy, like Mary’s, was miraculous because Elizabeth was considered too old to have kids (I can only imagine that she was about my age – … Continue reading Reacting to the News
I am rarely the first to know about something. I don't share secrets and I don't really care about gossip, so people often don't feel any reason to tell me the latest and greatest. My favorite musical artists are Dolly Parton and Whitney Houston and my favorite movie came out in 1992. Clearly I'm just … Continue reading In the Know
Who is the most impressive, exciting person you've ever been around? I shook hands with Matthew McConnaughey once. That's the best I can offer. But this week we'll read about The Transfiguration, a time when a few disciples get to hangout with Jesus, Moses and Elijah as they pow-wow. Can you imagine? Incredible. May 27: … Continue reading I Shook Hands with Matthew McConnaughey.
I’ve heard a lot of people say things in the arena of, “well of course I would believe if I had seen Jesus perform miracles.” This week’s readings are full of reasons to believe. Casting out demons. Raising people from the dead. Healing chronic illness. The list goes on. The truth is, the empty tomb … Continue reading Icing on the Cake
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWJo2EZW8yU As Willy Wonka said, “Strike that. Reverse it.” I know you have so little time and so much to do. Isn’t that the case for everyone? I guarantee the 10 minutes you spend reading Mark excerpts and discussing them using your Mark Family Guide, will be some of the most meaningful minutes in your … Continue reading So Much Time. So Little To Do
This is your last week of Matthew! I hope your time spent in Scripture has proven to be well worth it. This week’s readings fall right in line with what we’ve just learned through Lent, Holy Week, and Easter. So, while I’ll give you a question to discuss for each day, I’d like you to … Continue reading A Quick Transition
Denisa and I had a lively discussion in my office recently over whether or not Judas had a choice in the matter or whether he was just destined to it – forced, in a way. Ultimately we decided he very much had a choice. He had choice after choice right up until he kissed Jesus … Continue reading What choice do we have?