Lenten Reflection for March 4

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 “Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” Atheist Bill Maher made the movie Religulous in 2008 to poke vicious fun at Christians—our belief in God and our belief that Christ died on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins. Maher created the movie by putting microphones in […]

Lenten Reflection for March 3

Scripture: Exodus 20:1-17 I have always thought of the first three of the commandments as just variations on the idea that there is only one God and we are not to worship any other. So, “You shall have no other gods before me.” (Number 1); “You shall not make a graven image or any likeness….” […]

Lenten Reflection for March 2

Scripture: Psalm 19 This psalm, presumably written by David, seems to have three messages. In the first few verses, the writer extols the glories of nature and what nature says about the greatness of God who created the sky, the stars and the sun. The second part of the psalm celebrates the law of the […]

Lenten Reflection for March 1

Scripture: Mark 9:2-9 I get the idea that I have a missing component to my journey. It seems that I tend to think “catastrophically” when I slip to the dark side. Lately, I have been challenged with finding the confidence that I will ever find freedom again. The thoughts around “failure” become quite strong and, […]

Lenten Reflection for February 28

Scripture: Mark 8:31-38 Who Am I? This passage shows Jesus preparing his disciples for the role they will need to play going forward after Calvary. In the passages before and after these verses, Mark has Jesus asking his disciples “Who am I?” Here, however, there is a sense of urgency and even impatience with those […]

Lenten Reflection for February 27

Scripture: Deuteronomy 18:15-20 This passage of scripture is from the fifth book of the Hebrew Bible known as Deuteronomy. Deuteronomy is the last of the books traditionally ascribed to Moses. (It can’t really have been written by Moses because it describes events that took place many years after his death). Nevertheless, it is an account […]

Lenten Reflection for February 26

Scripture: Psalm 22:23-31 For our loving Creator does not turn away from the afflicted, And does not hide from them; But their cries are heard, their prayers rise up to heaven. “Psalms for Praying” by Nan C. Merrill For me, this is a powerful reminder that we are never truly alone. We may have lived […]

Lenten Reflection for February 25

Scripture: Genesis 17:1-7; 15-16 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.” Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to […]

Lenten Reflection for February 24

Scripture: 1 Peter 3:18-22 What a difference translations can make! In my first attempt to decipher this difficult passage, I turned to what was once my favourite: The New Testament in Modern English. After reading this passage several times, the majority of its meaning for me was virtually nil. Question marks that I had scribbled […]

Lenten Reflection for February 23

Scripture: Psalm 25:1-10 There are a few words that really stand out for me in this psalm. Let’s have a look. Protect God is our protector. Not that we are wrapped in cotton batten and shielded from all harm; rather, we are given a firm foundation that guides us in our daily lives. Like a […]