Wk 6: Our Transient Neighbors

We had two neighbors move away this week. One was our next door neighbor who I had just gotten to know but moved away due to life events. Some neighbors on the floor below that I didn’t know apparently left very abruptly. A few neighbors were asking around to see if anyone knew what happened. … [Read more…]

Wk 5: Our Displaced Neighbors

The Scriptural basis for this series is the Parable of the Good Samaritan. The story of a man robbed, being displaced and being helped by an unlikely neighbor. This parable plays out in our lives today as we are witness to and have the opportunity to help in plight of refugees. Yesterday, I learned the … [Read more…]

Wk 3: God’s Under-Rower

God’s Under-Rower by Greg Arnett In July 1999 I went on a medical missionary trip to Haiti where I literally pulled teeth for a week. I had always wanted to be a dentist, and God fulfilled that dream on this trip (although that’s another story). However, it didn’t all end so well. Below is an … [Read more…]

Wk 2: My Neighbor is Hungry

This week’s post comes from a friend of mine, Jennifer, who had an experience just last week. I asked if her story could be shared here and with her permission, it is written below. After Ash Wednesday Noon Service I had the privilege to have lunch with a friend. As I was leaving the restaurant; … [Read more…]

Wk 1: Neighbors of Different Faiths

I came across a tweet that inspired me to think beyond what I should give up this Lenten season. It challenged me to think beyond myself, and expand my view to those around me. What needed to be lifted up in order for Christ to be more central? The Parable of the Good Samaritan, which I … [Read more…]

Why Did Jesus Fast?

I continue to learn more and more about fasting each year I participate in Lent. Taking a closer look at the Scripture helps even more to better understand the “Why?”. Take a look at this account of Jesus’s temptation, which is one of the passages where we derive the significance of the 40 days, as … [Read more…]

“And Who is My Neighbor?”

The Parable of the Good Samaritan 25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”  26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” 27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart … [Read more…]

Emptied

As the season of Lent approaches, I seem to have become more contemplative. This year, especially, I am noticing my desire to dig into Scripture and better prepare my heart and mind for these 40 days. I began reading a book recommended by a colleague called, “Simplicity: The Freedom of Letting Go”, by Richard Rohr. … [Read more…]