Devotionals by John Nelson

Devotionals by John Nelson

Both-And, not Either-Or

John Nelson

In one church, a painful rift developed between church members who wanted to use scarce funds to spruce up the church's fellowship hall, others who wanted the funds to go directly to needy persons.


Chicks in Danger

John A. Nelson

Last spring, sin came to our church's front door. 


Looking Past the Peril

John A. Nelson

Any religious teaching can be solidified into doctrine, which strains out its poetry, sifts out its dynamism, and hollows out its heart.


RSVP

John A. Nelson

The Bible gives apparently mixed messages about worship practices.


Life Stories

John A. Nelson

Which ideology wins an election will influence our lives: granted. But the work of the faithful remains the same, regardless.


Lions and Bears: OMG

John A. Nelson

God saves me from a worldview filled with pursuit and escape. God steadily reintroduces what fear has caused me to forget: holy love and faithfulness; covenant loyalty and truth.


It's Bigger than You Thought

John A. Nelson

Every Tuesday and Thursday, the bar seating section of a local diner is our site for Bible Breakfast, where we read the lectionary passages for the coming worship and pry into their message and meaning. There's almost always more going on than meets the eye.


Transforming Fear

John A. Nelson

I hear pushback from the Bible's talk of fear. How can something that makes you feel so small and scared be good?


Lightness of Being

John A. Nelson

Healing can happen.


Friends Everywhere

John A. Nelson

A colleague tells about a parishioner who was dying. She was elderly, a devout Episcopalian, a bright and lovely lady, and her body was wearing out.