Unfinished Business

knight's helmet

A hospital chaplain decided that he could not wear a particular item of clothing because it was too risky. The item of clothing itself was not risky nor risque, for I regularly wear similar items, especially on cool mornings when I walk to the Recreation Center to swim or exercise. This particular item, a dark… Continue reading Unfinished Business

Committed to Service – Sunday

“So which one is greater, the one who is seated at the table or the one who serves at the table? Isn’t it the one who is seated at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.” (Luke 22:27) When Jesus gathered with his disciples for the Passover meal, an argument arose… Continue reading Committed to Service – Sunday

Committed to Service – Saturday

“‘I assure you that when you have done it for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you have done it for me.’” (Matthew 25:40b) For followers of Jesus, feeding the hungry, providing drink to the thirsty, comforting the sick, visiting the prisoner, and welcoming the stranger are not optional. They are… Continue reading Committed to Service – Saturday

Committed to Service – Friday

“Whoever wants to be great among you will be your servant.” (Mark 10:43) This saying of Jesus might be the most counterintuitive statement ever uttered, and it continues to turn the world upside down. Jesus says that true greatness is found among those who are willing to humble themselves and serve. This statement goes against every… Continue reading Committed to Service – Friday

Committed to Service – Thursday

Whoever serves Christ in this way pleases God and gets human approval. So let’s strive for the things that bring peace and the things that build each other up. (Romans 14:18-19) Romans 14 addresses a conflict. At Rome, some in the fellowship consumed meat sacrificed to idols. While some found no problem with this (“Idols… Continue reading Committed to Service – Thursday

Committed to Service – Wednesday

Speak out on behalf of the voiceless, and for the rights of all who are vulnerable. Speak out in order to judge with righteousness and to defend the needy and the poor. (Proverbs 31:8-9) Service to God includes advocacy on behalf of those on the margins: the voiceless, the poor, the widow, and the orphan.… Continue reading Committed to Service – Wednesday

Committed to Service – Tuesday

Let’s not get tired of doing good, because in time we’ll have a harvest if we don’t give up. (Galatians 6:9) Jesus called us to the difficult yet immensely rewarding work of following him and acting on his behalf in our world today. He warned us that the tasks we would be given would not always… Continue reading Committed to Service – Tuesday

Committed to Service – Monday

Don’t hesitate to be enthusiastic— be on fire in the Spirit as you serve the Lord! Be happy in your hope, stand your ground when you’re in trouble, and devote yourselves to prayer. (Romans 12:11‑12) The New Testament gospel accounts portray Jesus as someone full of enthusiasm, filled with the Spirit of God and driven by… Continue reading Committed to Service – Monday

Committed to Service – Sunday

Instead, we are God’s accomplishment, created in Christ Jesus to do good things. God planned for these good things to be the way that we live our lives. (Ephesians 2:10) Our passage today declares that we are “created in Christ Jesus to do good things.” We have been called for a purpose! We are called… Continue reading Committed to Service – Sunday

Committed to Giving – Saturday

Offering Plate

Happy are generous people, because they give some of their food to the poor. (Proverbs 22:9) The book of Proverbs includes many wise exhortations. It is true that the generous are happy. Why is this the case? The generosity described in this selection from the book of Proverbs uses a specific illustration: giving some of… Continue reading Committed to Giving – Saturday