Pastor Tim’s Blog

Pursuing Jesus with the right attitude?

And [Jesus] said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted by the Father”   Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him (John 6:65-66, NRSV). I spent a few days last week at a professional growth event hosted by…

Prayer for Peace

Today’s prayer for peace is from Cyprian of Carthage, a leader in the early years of the Christian church, who died as a martyr in the year 258. O God, we know that the enemies of your Church are constantly seeking to provoke you into acts of cruelty, in order to blacken your honor.  We…

Washing the feet of our betrayers

The Church of the Brethren has a long tradition of footwashing, a practice taken directly from John 13:1-17.  The practice is an annual or biannual opportunity to kneel down in front of another member of the church, take their feet in our hands and wash them.  It is a reminder that life in God’s kingdom…

Praying for our enemies

Today’s prayer is based on Matthew 5:38-48, a passage of Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount” that has long been influential in Brethren life and thought.   But do we really have any enemies…. Loving God, This is a difficult passage for me, not because of what it asks, but because I’m not sure I really…

Prayer for persecuted church members

Violence against Christians in Nigeria is not getting much national news attention these days.  While the plight of the kidnapped girls from Chibok was in the news for a while, national news outlets have largely moved on to other stories. But for those of us in the Church of the Brethren, concern the violence and…