Harrowing

Our Holy Saturday post comes from Jason Barnhart (Ashland, OH), director of Brethren research and resourcing for The Brethren Church. You can read more from him at his blog, Tethered Freedom. For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to human … More Harrowing

Stooping Before Each Other

We’ve reached Maundy Thursday in our Pietist Option devotional. Thanks to Kurt Frederickson (Simi Valley, CA) of Fuller Seminary for sharing today’s reflection. I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you … More Stooping Before Each Other

Reclaiming Hope

For this Wednesday of Holy Week, a lovely meditation on hope by Krista Brumberg Stevens (Andover, MA). Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before … More Reclaiming Hope

The Foolishness and the Power

Our Holy Tuesday reflection comes from John Bangs (Carnation, WA), director of Fuller Seminary’s Northwest campus.  The message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God… Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified… For God’s foolishness is wiser … More The Foolishness and the Power

On a Horse with No Name

I’m going to ease back into blogging by spending Holy Week sharing the final set of reflections in our Pietist Option Lenten devotional, Come Back to Jesus. For this Palm and Passion Sunday, Bethel Seminary student Steve Pavlicek (Plymouth, Minnesota) considers Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Now when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount … More On a Horse with No Name

The Path to Renewal: Be a Priest! (John 2:13-22)

Let me suspend my Lenten hiatus just long enough to share the text of the sermon I delivered yesterday at Salem Covenant Church in New Brighton, Minnesota. It was the fourth in a “Path to Renewal” series inspired by The Pietist Option: Hope for the Renewal of Christianity, with my co-author — and Salem’s senior pastor … More The Path to Renewal: Be a Priest! (John 2:13-22)

Set Down Your Mantle

Thanks to Cheryll Fong, Joyce Denham, Pastor Matt Kennedy, and all my other wonderful hosts this past weekend at Minneapolis’ Bethlehem Covenant Church. We discussed the Pietist Option on Friday night and Saturday morning, then I preached this sermon on 2 Kings 2:1-15 at worship services on Sunday. Don’t let anyone tell you that God … More Set Down Your Mantle