Posts by Jeff Jones (Page 2)

tuesday fast–no better time than now

How is your Tuesday fast going? As I reflect on the current state of things, I realize that our practice of fasting over these forty days has much to teach us. Fasting declares that there is something of greater value than my immediate physical desires. It teaches me that “what I want in the moment” is not always the thing I most need. Let me give an easy example. I hear that everyone is buying up all the toilet paper…

Soaking in Scripture

We have not encouraged you to read lots of Scripture during these 40 days, but have chosen to ask you to soak in a small amount of Scripture. Many of us are accustomed to bible reading plans where we read Scripture with the goal of reading lots of Scripture, but we are not as familiar with reading one passage of Scripture and letting the Holy Spirit draw out the depth of what this Scripture might mean for our lives. I…

Hallowed be thy name

Here is a short video that Carol Hall and I made about the Lord’s Prayer. This was a great discussion and I hope that it will encourage you to engage with the Lord’s Prayer on an even deeper level. Jeff http://media.blubrry.com/gracefs/p/gracefs.com/audio/Lent_2020-Week_2_wJeff_and_Carol.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 12:56 — 11.8MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | Spotify | RSS

Fasting

“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting.  Truly, I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” …

Parenting and the Illusion of Control

With the recent school shooting in Florida, I have seen numerous posts attributing this young man’s horrible actions to bad parenting.  This reflects the saying that most of us have heard many times:  “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”  The only problem with this is that I have seen the apple fall off the tree, roll down the hill, plop into the stream and be carried out into the ocean.  I have seen great parents whose children have…

Why I Don’t Watch Game of Thrones and Why I’m not Judging You If You Do

Game of Thrones is currently “the show” to watch.  It seems as if everyone is talking about it.  Hearing so much about it, Susan and I began to watch the first episode.  We didn’t get far.  It fell into my definition of pornography.  I don’t desire to see any breasts but my wife’s.  I hear there is less pornography later in the series, but less pornography for me doesn’t make it more acceptable.  I can say very clearly that the…

Chills Across My Spine

Excellent thoughts by Kevin Thompson. Amidst all the political theater that is going on, this is the most dangerous to people of all religions. This should send chills across the spine of people of all faiths. Does Bernie Sanders Hate the Constitution (or Just Christians)?

The Word and the Spirit

Andrew Thompson has written a great article on the relationship between the Holy Spirit and Scripture.  Many people claim to be following the Spirit, but what does that mean? Jeff The Word and The Spirit Andrew Thompson Many of the more contentious arguments in the church today are over social issues. That has certainly been the case for the United Methodist Church — the church I call home. Nowhere have the UMC’s internal debates over such issues been on clearer…

The Art of Dying

In earlier times, followers of Christ were greatly concerned with dying well.  Death was thought of as an opportunity to witness to our belief that “death has been swallowed up in victory.”  In our modern world, death is relegated to hospital rooms and nursing homes where people often go to die in private to “spare” their loved ones.  As someone who spends time with families before death and after death, there is a great need for us to resurrect the…