December 8, 2019 | Romans 15:4-13

The words from this Scripture passage that compel me the most are 15:5-7 (please reread these).  Paul expresses his wish for God to grant the Romans the ability to approach one another with the mindset with which Jesus approached his contemporaries. That mindset is one of gentleness, compassion, understanding, and, as Paul emphasizes, acceptance. Acceptance Read more about December 8, 2019 | Romans 15:4-13[…]

December 6, 2019 | Acts 13: 16-25

Paul’s speech in Acts 13 reminds us that God is faithful to God’s promises. Paul begins by offering a reminder of God’s work throughout Israel’s history: liberating them from Egypt, leading them through the wilderness, delivering them their promised land, and so on. The list culminates in the greatest act of God’s faithful provision: the Read more about December 6, 2019 | Acts 13: 16-25[…]

December 5, 2019 | Psalm 72: 1-7, 18-19

This semester we have been reminded that not every leader will “judge [their] people with righteousness, and [their] poor with justice.” We have been bombarded with messages about injustices all over the United States, China, Bolivia, Sudan, Chile, Syria, Venezuela, and so many other countries. This semester, I have found myself trapped in the midst Read more about December 5, 2019 | Psalm 72: 1-7, 18-19[…]

Forgiven by God | Advent December 21

December 21, 2018 Emma Friesen ’22 PSALMS 130; ISAIAH 29:9-24; LUKE 1:26-38 In advent, the church assumes a posture of waiting, which appears throughout this psalm. The psalmist repeated the line “more than watchmen wait for the morning” (Psalm 130:6 NIV), and he stated, “my whole being waits” (130:5). In that time of waiting, I Read more about Forgiven by God | Advent December 21[…]

Restoration | Advent December 20, 2018

December 20, 2018 Emma Friesen ’22 PSALM 126; ISAIAH 28; REVELATIONS 20; LUKE 1:5-25 The text of Psalm 126 starts rejoicing and then has a parallel section of waiting for restoration. This reminds me of how Christians in the liturgical calendar make their way through the purple seasons of waiting (Advent and Lent) to the Read more about Restoration | Advent December 20, 2018[…]

#RelatableContent | Advent December 19, 2018

December 19, 2018 Katie Becker ’17 Psalm 53: 3-4 “Everyone has turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one. Do all these evildoers know nothing? They devour my people as though eating bread; they never call on God.” By any measure, this is an odd Psalm choice Read more about #RelatableContent | Advent December 19, 2018[…]