I recently watched "Silence," the latest Martin Scorsese film, based on the novel written by Shusaku Endo. It was a deeply troubling movie. The film portrays the fictional story of a 17th Century Jesuit Missionary from Portugal named Father Sebastian Rodrigues (played by Andrew Garfield) who sets sail for Japan in 1640, determined to help … Continue reading Dealing with Silence
Forty arrives this week and I am pleased to learn that I don't know how to spell it. Spell-check keeps reminding me that there is no 'u' in forty. I always thought so. In Eastern cultures, the birthday boy (or girl) doesn't receive gifts but rather gives a gift to his mother - “Thanks mom … Continue reading Birthdays and the Kingdom of God
You learn things through suffering that you won't learn; you can't learn any other way. Consider the story of Joseph in Genesis (Gen 37-50). Why was it necessary for there to be so much suffering in Joseph's life? His father Jacob poisoned his own family by preferring his sons Joseph and Benjamin over his other … Continue reading Why You Need Tragedy In Your Life
In Mark 12 a woman is noticed by Jesus putting two small copper coins into the treasury. These coins are called a lepton and represent the smallest denomination of currency possible (like throwing in one cent). Jesus says that she has put more into this treasury than all the heavy hitters who have paraded by … Continue reading It's the Gospel!
Watch this first. It's a conversation piece for people in marketing but it has something profound to say about church life: If you are in church leadership and that didn't shake you up then I don't think you were paying attention. Churches don't exactly have a great record when it comes to dealing with change. … Continue reading Picturing Church for a Change