Chosen to Make a Difference

You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last.”  (John 15:16a) Jesus is very clear.  He chooses his followers.  Following Jesus begins when Jesus calls us.  Our identity as Jesus-followers and as Jesus-following communities derives from being the chosen.  Being a vital…

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Status Seeking

The disciples have been bickering about who is the greatest.  In other words, they were arguing about the pecking order among Jesus’ followers.  They lived in a world organized into higher and lower social rank, so it was second nature to them to seek a superior status.   Jesus overheard this exchange between his followers,…

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Going with the Flow

Anne Lamott once said that the Gulf Stream can pass through a drinking straw.  On the face of it that just seems ridiculous.  After all, the Gulf Stream stretches across for miles, and drinking straws fit easily between our lips. Nevertheless, if you turn a straw in the direction that the Gulf Stream flows, the…

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