Archive for June 2018
June 30, 2018 DAILY READING Psalm 130Luke 4:31-37This weekend’s reading: Colossians 2:6-8 FIELD NOTES What does it mean to speak with authority? In today’s scripture passage, it is twice noted that Jesus teaches “with authority” and that this authority and power is the reason he is able to cast out demons. Authority means that there is…Read More
June 29, 2018 DAILY READING Psalm 1302 Corinthians 8:1-7This weekend’s reading: Colossians 2:6-8 FIELD NOTES We live in a competitive world; a world where the narrative is that resources are scarce, money is tight, and time is fleeting. In this narrative, we are often encouraged to gain all we can while we can and that…Read More
For Whom Do We Boast?
June 28, 2018 DAILY READING Psalm 1302 Corinthians 7:2-16This weekend’s reading: Colossians 2:6-8 FIELD NOTES It’s important to note that, over the course of the Corinthian correspondence, Paul claims to boast in and of only two things: the cross of Christ and the Corinthian believers. In 1 Corinthians, Paul reminds the Corinthians that he could boast of…Read More
June 27, 2018 DAILY READING Psalm 119:113-128Mark 6:45-52This weekend’s reading: Colossians 2:6-8 FIELD NOTES In verse 48, there’s a short sentence that we modern readers of the Bible might get confused with. The verse says (in the NRSV): “He intended to pass them by.” What does that mean? Was Jesus on his way somewhere else and…Read More
Safety by Another Way
June 26, 2018 DAILY READING Psalm 119:113-128Acts 27:39-44This weekend’s reading: Colossians 2:6-8 FIELD NOTES There’s nothing about this story from Acts that sounds or feels safe. After being pummeled in a storm for two weeks, the exhausted crew finally sees land, though they don’t recognize where they are or if the land is safe for…Read More
The Least Likely Leader
June 25, 2018 DAILY READING Psalm 119:113-128Acts 27:13-38This weekend’s readings: Colossians 2:6-8 FIELD NOTES Paul’s journey’s through the closing chapters of the Book of Acts are miraculous accounts of God’s provident grace in the midst of trial, hardship, and disaster. Paul, a Jewish/Christian prisoner, is the least likely to take the reins of leadership on a…Read More
One is the Loveliest Number
June 23, 2018 DAILY READING 1 Samuel 18:1-4This weekend’s readings: John 17:20-26 FIELD NOTES “David and Jonathan provide us with perhaps the most intriguing story of friendship in the Bible. Theirs is a relationship of loyalty, trust, and support. Every time we read this story it leads us to the question: What kind of friend am…Read More
Be a Witness!
June 22, 2018 DAILY READING Psalm 107:1-3This weekend’s readings: John 17:20-26 FIELD NOTES Oh, thank God—he’s so good! His love never runs out.All of you set free by God, tell the world! Tell how he freed you from oppression,Then rounded you up from all over the place, from the four winds, from the seven seas.– from The Message translation QUESTIONS FOR…Read More
June 21, 2018 DAILY READING Acts 20:1-16This weekend’s readings: John 17:20-26 FIELD NOTES In today’s story, Paul is preaching for so long and so late into the night that a young man named Eutychus, who was sitting in the window, falls asleep and falls out the window, falling to the ground three stories below! Miraculously, he…Read More