Daily Word of Grace (September 11, 2020)

Daily Word of Grace # 129 (September 11, 2020) One of my heroes is Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556), who was the Archbishop of Canterbury and the leading figure of the English Reformation.  In addition to producing the first two English Prayer Books in 1549 and 1552, he...

Daily Word of Grace (September 10, 2020)

Daily Word of Grace # 128 (September 10, 2020) One of my favorite Motown songs is the 1966 gem by the Four Tops, “Reach Out, I’ll Be There.”  It is an incredibly catchy song of hope: “Now if you feel that you can’t go on because all of your hope is gone.  And...

Daily Word of Grace (September 9, 2020)

Daily Word of Grace # 127 (September 9, 2020) Jesus’ baptism is often considered the beginning of his earthly ministry.  All three Persons of the Trinity were present and active as Jesus, God the Son, was anointed by the God the Holy Spirit as God the Father...

Daily Word of Grace (September 8, 2020)

Daily Word of Grace # 126 (September 8, 2020) In his moving Pulitzer Prize winning 2014 novel All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr writes, “We all come into existence as a single cell, smaller than a speck of dust.  Much smaller.  Divide.  Multiply.  Add and...

Daily Word of Grace (September 7, 2020)

Daily Word of Grace # 125 (September 7, 2020) The Old Testament book of Daniel includes one of the most famous stories in the Bible.  Among the Israelite exiles taken to Babylon after the Babylonians besieged and razed Jerusalem in  587 B.C. were the prophet Daniel...

Daily Word of Grace (September 4, 2020)

Daily Word of Grace # 124 (September 4, 2020) Several years ago I had the privilege of spending a day wandering around Oxford, England.  There is literally an “X” on the spot in the middle of Broad Street where the Oxford Martyrs were burned at the stake.  Bishops...

Daily Word of Grace (September 3, 2020)

Daily Word of Grace # 123 (September 3, 2020) My favorite science fiction writer is the prolific Ray Bradbury (1920-2012).  The title of his 1953 dystopian classic, Fahrenheit 451 refers to the temperature at which book paper catches fire and burns.  The protagonist...

Daily Word of Grace (September 2, 2020)

Daily Word of Grace # 122 (September 2, 2020) In his final book, All is Grace (2011) the late preacher and writer Brennan Manning, whose ministry has greatly encouraged me over many years, wrote, “If I’ve learned anything about the world of grace, it’s that failure is...

Daily Word of Grace (September 1, 2020)

Daily Word of Grace # 121 (September 1, 2020) When I was in high school Cyndi Lauper had one of her biggest hits, a beautiful reassuring ballad called “Time after Time” which she wrote in the midst of a very difficult personal relationship (who cannot relate to...

Daily Word of Grace (August 31, 2020)

Daily Word of Grace # 120 (August 31, 2020) There is something with which every person on the planet struggles: fear.  These fears come in wide variety—fear of heights (acrophobia), fear of enclosed spaces (claustrophobia), fear of flying (pteromerhanophobia—try to...