Christianity and Politics

(Note: This post is adapted from a talk Joel gave November 1st, 2015 at Mountain Brook Community Church)   People are losing their minds over the disaster that is otherwise knows as US presidential politics. You mean, you haven’t noticed? Unfortunately, among those whose reason and sense have flown out the window, are Christians. In…

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On Ash Wednesday

As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust. Psalm 103:13-14   Expectations are everything. “Oh yeah. He’s three” is a expectation adjustment that we need often in the Busby home. I have a three year…

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10

Summer of 2015 marked 10 years since some nice folks at a church in San Antonio, Texas called on the phone, and to my surprise, offered me the opportunity to serve in my first full time ministerial position. Here are some random simple things I’ve learned, in no particular order. 1. Good teaching notes. In…

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Our Chaos

“The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” Genesis 1:2 The second verse of the Bible is profoundly mysterious. Dark, formless, nothingness was all there was. Scholars have identified this language as the language…

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Holy Saturday

Holy Saturday is the day we remember Jesus lived in the land of death. He was dead. Really dead. In a tomb dead. As in, he was a corpse, dead. Dead, dead. There will come a day — if it has not come already — when the fact that Christ has gone ahead of us…

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On Pollen, Parenting, the Nose Sucker, and Suffering in the Life of Faith

It is all yellow in the Deep South. The Pollen-Apocalypse is upon us. As a result, my 6 month old son, Leland, has been a sneezy, snotty, runny-nosed, and congested mess. He is not breathing well, therefore he is not sleeping well. He is not sleeping well, therefore he is whiny, exhausted, frustrated, and miserable….

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Good Friday

When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:30 Sometimes I imagine a simple conversation between Jesus and all of us. Jesus: “It is finished.” Us: “What is finished?” Jesus: “Everything.” Us: “But you don’t know what I’ve done.” Jesus:…

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Luther on the Psalms

“Hence it is that the Psalter is the book for all the saints; and everyone, in whatever situation he may be, finds in that situation psalms and words that fit his case, that suit him as if they were put there just for his sake, so that he could not put it better himself, or…

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An Advent Thought: A Royal Nobody

(Note: I’m (Joel) contributing to a daily Advent devotional. Each post proceeds from a lectionary reading.) John 7:40-44 When they heard these words, some of the people said, “This really is the Prophet.” Others said, “This is the Christ.” But some said, “Is the Christ to come from Galilee? Has not the Scripture said that…

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