Friday, March 6, 2009

Daily Devotionals

If you are interested in some good stuff for your daily spiritual practice, Sojourners Magazine has a daily Verse and Voice ( that includes a verse of scripture and a voice of social justice.

The other fabulous resource is our United Church of Christ with more material than you might know what to do with - blogs, online interactive prayer chapel, studies on how to read the Bible, etc and an excellent daily devotional delivered into your email every morning. Check out

Thursday, March 5, 2009

The Last Week

Lent has begun and with it our two book studies. I just finished reading the first chapter of Borg and Crossan's The Last Week. Everything I read by these guys just excites me. But the visual image of the humble entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday contrasted by the imperial entry into the other side of the city by the Roman governor on the same day... I didn't know that! I had long understood Jesus' life as a contrast to those in power in his day. His titles such as "Son of God" and "Lord" were chosen because that is what Caesar called himself. It was a clear slap in the face. But again, I didn't know about the entry in Jerusalem by Pilate on the same day as we call Palm Sunday. What a great visual. Can't wait to keep reading. And discussing on Sunday after church.