Discipleship isn’t supposed to be easy
It's no surprise that Nicodemus goes home befuddled. If discipleship doesn't come with some confusion, it probably isn't Jesus you're following.
The importance of pastoral evaluations
Some churches have well-developed processes of assessment, support, and goal setting. Others have no review mechanism whatsoever.
Ecology and the eyes of faith
People do not float through life in the bubble that is their skin. We are grounded, dependent beings that live through the lives and deaths of others.
Jesus never shows up too late
In Aristotelian terms, the gospel is neither comedy nor tragedy. Disaster is not avoided—yet the story doesn't end in suffering.
A lavish gift
I have given my father many presents. The small bottle of fragrant bath essence I gave him last Christmas may be the most important one.
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