Are you too busy to follow Jesus?

There are so many things that fill up our minds and hearts. We have jobs, families, friends, children, school, homes, leases, anxiety, depression, insecurity, conflicts, and lots of other stuff. We are busy. We are occupied; we are pre-occupied. We sometimes have trouble sleeping enough, exercising, eating well, going on vacation even, putting away our […]

Three of the most impractical things about following Jesus

Maybe being a Christian feels so impractical because we are resisting the judgment, the authority, and the governance of the world around us. We are resisting much of what we have been taught. Paul tells the Philippians that it is like a “peace that surpasses understanding.” Following Jesus may not always make sense to us. To […]

Teresa and three “shares” that fight income inequality

I posted a similar piece in April–I redid it when I presented at Broad & Washington last night. Starting a dialogue about Christian response to the poor can be a little challenging, especially when the contemporary Christian climate isn’t generally receptive to a systematic upheaval of our economic system. One can read the Bible and […]

I don’t intercede because it works like the Apple Store

I want to talk about a kind of prayer that you likely think of when you think of praying. If your cynicism or disappointment or pain has contributed to your lack of willingness to keep praying, you probably are primarily framing prayer this way. We call it “intercession.” It literally means meeting, meeting with God, […]