Life Apps

Life apps are short texts and reflections to spur member mission on a weekly basis. Each week, we offer a reflection and several quotes. To read the entire week's entry, click on its title.

Seasonal Life App for the end of Lent, Holy Week, and Easter Day – March 6 to April 21, 2019

These weeks, early Christians were living forty days of preparing new comers to prepare to join God’s mission in baptism.  These days became our Lenten season, Holy Week and Easter Day, (this year, March 6 – April 21, 2019, now called Lent – short for “lengthening days”— Holy Week and Easter Day. Keep a faithful […]

How Evangelicals Became White

    “How Evangelicals Became White” by The Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, dean of Episcopal Divinity School in Sojourners (April 2018).  America’s Pilgrim and Puritan forebears “believed themselves descendants of an ancient Anglo-Saxon people, ‘free from the taint of intermarriages,’ who uniquely possessed high moral values and an ‘instinctive love for freedom.’”   A related […]

Seasonal Life App for Epiphany, January 6 – March 5, 2019

Epiphany (appearance) season is part of the Christmas story and season. God appears in Jesus for all humanity to see. A new star appears to guide three wise philosophers from other cultures and religions to worship the baby in the manger. To worship is to give “supreme extravagant love” (Webster’s, 1934). What are your “supreme […]

Seasonal Life App for December 28, 2018

Some thoughts during Christmas Season, 2018 — the season of remembering God comes in Jesus to help us. Why “go to church” anyway? Well, go back to the beginning.       What is our problem as human beings?         We are unsure about just how we ought to live    Some help!       The biblical story says that God calls us to be loving and […]

Life App for the Week of the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, 9/16/18 to 9/22/19

A way to live in the mission field of leisure: In “time off” or recreation, seek to be loving and just even when it is difficult.  Based on Mark 8:27-38 (a retelling in the present tense below), a reading that comes from the Revised Common Lectionary for the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, 9/16/18.  [For Mark, […]

Life App for the Week of the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, 9/9/18 to 8/15/18

A way to live a mission field of the wider world: Be ready to work with people of any faith who want healing for the world.  Based on Mark 7:24-37 (see retelling below in the present tense); a reading that comes from the Revised Common Lectionary for the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, 9/9/18.  Jesus is […]

Life App for the week of the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, 9/2/18 to 6/8/18

[The writer is away but will return next week.  Write your own life app; steps follow] Read Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 in your favorite translation. Meditate before and after you read on your life in this week’s mission field of your community. Let the Spirit lead you to some part of life in your community […]

Life App for the Week of the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, 8/26/18 to 9/1/18  

A way to live the mission field of the wider world: See the world as where God feeds everyone with power to live more lovingly and justly; therefore, all can expect to grow in being more loving and just every day.   Based on John 6:56-69 (see a retelling below); a reading that comes from […]

Life App for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, 8/19/18 to 8/25/18

A way to live in the mission field of home and friends: Home life and friendships that are fed, led and empowered by Jesus’ words and actions will last and be empowered by heaven, God.  Based on John 6:51-58 (see a retelling below); a reading that comes from the Revised Common Lectionary for the Thirteenth […]

Life App for the Week of the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, 8/12/18 to 8/18/18

A way to live in the mission field of church life and outreach: The church centers in Jesus for bread to meet the hunger of everyone.  Based on John 6:35, 41-51(see a retelling below); a reading that comes from the Revised Common Lectionary for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, 8/12/18.  Some of the crowd of […]