Running as an Easter Spiritual Disicpline

If running doesn’t yet have a feast day on the church year calendar, Easter should be the Feast Day of Running. The Easter account tells of running – running to and from the tomb – in three of the four Gospels. Matthew 28:8 “So [Mary Magdalene and the other Mary] left the tomb quickly with fearContinue reading “Running as an Easter Spiritual Disicpline”

Holy Books and Violent Texts

“Come in and kill them. Let no one escape.” Such is a verse found in a book sacred to billions of religious people in the world. It’s not the only text of violence in this holy book. Indeed, there’s lots of violence in it. It would be easy to read this book – isolated verses and the longer sagas – andContinue reading “Holy Books and Violent Texts”

What a Week

(My weekly church blogpost shared here, as our church website is in transition) Remind me not to take vacation during the last week in June ever again. I remember watching the Phil Donahue Show one summer in late June as a kid, shortly after school let out (I was a really fun kid. Really.). They wereContinue reading “What a Week”

The Bible’s “Marathon” Verses – 26:2

I am running my second-ever marathon this Saturday. A marathon is 26.2 miles. For no reason other than the novelty of it, I present here every chapter 26, verse 2, of the Bible – out of context, and perhaps quite odd to read in isolation from the broader story of the text. The marathon distance is rather arbitrary,Continue reading “The Bible’s “Marathon” Verses – 26:2″

Bible Verse in a Box with a Majestic Nature Scene

Have you ever noticed that so many of the inspirational Bible-verse-in-a-box images that get passed around on Facebook and Twitter superimpose the words of Scripture over a majestic nature scene? A mountain peak reaching into the skies. “I will set my eyes to the hills – Psalm 121” Ocean waves crashing on rocks as theContinue reading “Bible Verse in a Box with a Majestic Nature Scene”