Showing posts from April, 2017

The Water Bowl: Why Pilate Washed His Hands of Jesus

Imagine being Pontius Pilate torn between conviction and affliction, the weight of the world in human flesh standing before you (Matthew 27:23).

No question, it's a compelling scene: a harsh Roman official desperate to spare a man he deemed innocent yet didn't believe in versus a riotous mob who screamed guilty yet had every reason to. Granted, most Jews didn't understand Jesus' Messianic identity and viewed blasphemy as a supreme offense.

Still, it's fair to wonder what Pilate must have been thinking, especially as he prepared to wash his hands (v. 24) (Yes, I know we tend to start the Cross narrative in the wake of what follows; however, after re-reading Matthew 27, I submit there's significance in weighing this particular moment).

For starters, the washing of Pilate's hands not only symbolized his personal verdict, but embodied what Jesus came to do in the first place - to cleanse us from sin (1 John 1:7) and to set free the captives (Luke 4:18). Thus, the …

LEGACYouth: "Yes" & "Amen"

It was the epitome of fall in a season of rise; hence, why I can still remember the date.

October 29, 2011.

The day my dream of a youth worship team went under construction.

Like most hopeful endeavors, despite early buzz, not all was smooth sailing.

For the first few years, the revolving door would churn out several talented youth and youth leaders. Each time, a setback to momentum. Each time, a temptation to wonder why.

Yet, amidst the turnover, the guest acoustic appearances, and solo keyboard sets, the dream carried on.

By 2014, the tide was turning. New faces in familiar places. The hope of persistence shining over the horizon. Still, it wasn’t until October 26, 2016, almost five years to the day of first practice, that the right blend of talent and teaming would intersect and set the stage for the Gate's first youth worship band.

Flash-forward to two days ago and for the first time I’m playing keys during service (see link below as to why), mesmerized by the fact this is the first…

The Timely Lincoln

Written April 4, 2017

So yesterday I'm chilling in the rain on way to work when behold I see a Lincoln ($5) lying in a puddle. Like any judicious citizen, I casually approach and check both ways before crossing it into my dry leather confines. Not a bad start to a soggy Monday, I think to myself.

Hours later, I'm working on a spreadsheet when all of a sudden this damp, dreary $5 begins to beg. Spend me! Use me! Exchange me for coins!

At first, I consider. After all, a brewed boost on an overcast Monday morning makes as much sense as the cents it costs. Yet, after weighing my Starbucks balance, the California veggie sandwich down the street, and the option to pay my flower fund dues, I decide to pass. Perhaps it was the novelty of having cash on me or the satisfaction of beating some lottery-like odds. Whatever the case, I just couldn’t *resisting urge to make Frozen pun* let it go.

Flash-forward to today and the temptation is real. Unlike the day before, I had no lunch as my week…

LEGACYouth: Now That’s Progressive

Context: In this chapter of Jeremiah, we find impending disaster for Jerusalem. Need proof? Check out the opening line: “Flee for safety, O people of Benjamin from the midst of Jerusalem!” Not exactly the most calming intro in the world, right? Later we read more specifically the war and destruction coming against Jerusalem and the peace she once possessed. 

However, in the middle of the chapter, we also find a familiar theme unfolding in God giving his people an opportunity to repent…to consider his ways (v. 16-20). 

Let’s read…

Jeremiah 6:16 (NIV) - This is what the Lord says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’

Jeremiah 6:16 (ESV) - Thus says the Lord: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’

Jeremiah 6:16-20 (MS…