7 Practices for the First Year of Ministry

We did it. One year down, fifty-four to go (Lord willing). Our first pastor-versary – celebrating one year in pastoral ministry – has come and gone. We celebrated by posting on Facebook, attending a block party, and playing fairly poorly at softball. In the aftermath of the blur of our first year, I have tried…

First Glance: Psalm 122

  Jerusalem—built as a city     that is bound firmly together. To it the tribes go up,     the tribes of the Lord, as was decreed for Israel,     to give thanks to the name of the Lord. (Psalm 122:3-4) A few weeks ago we had the unique opportunity to walk on the temple mount. The tension was high. Armed…

First Glance: Psalm 113

Who is like the Lord our God, who sits on high, who looks far down on the heavens and the earth? He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap. (Ps 113:5-7) Sometimes a prayer comes at just the right time. God takes all our feeble plans and hopes,…

First Glance: Psalm 102

“For I eat ashes like bread, and mingle tears with my drink, because of your indignation and anger; for you have lifted me up and thrown me aside. My days are like an evening shadow; I wither away like grass. But you, O Lord, are enthroned forever; Your name endures to all generations.” (Ps. 102:9-12)…

How Can I Forgive Them?

Forgiveness is hard. It doesn’t seem fair. It goes against what the world wants us to do. But forgiveness is what God calls us to. Jesus once told this parable: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the property that will belong…

First Glance: Psalm 51

  to the leader. A psalm of David, when the prophet Nathan came to him, after he had gone into Bathsheba. Have mercy on me, O God, According to your steadfast love. According to you abundant mercy, Blot out my transgressions.” (Ps. 51:1) Every prayer has a story. Whether it’s the simple cry, “Help!”, a…