Holy Weeping

Jon Opgenorth

READ : Romans 12:9-20 . . . weep with those who weep. (v. 15) What makes you weep? I cannot get the image of a little boy out of my mind. I still see him playing in the dirt by a church I visited in Uganda. Birth dealt him a blow: his eyes could barely see and his mind could hardly function. The boy’s presence echoed the truth that we live in a fallen world. I don’t do suffering well. …

Field of Dreams

Jon Opgenorth

READ : Ephesians 3:14-20 Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine. (v. 20) Titus Baraka is standing in an open field. The grass is long. Termite mounds rise to four feet. A pair of monkeys looks down from a nearby tree. The walls of a building stand half-finished. Titus smiles broadly. “This,” he says with joy pointing to piles of bricks, “will …

Beautiful Feet

Jon Opgenorth

READ : Romans 10:5-17 “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (v. 15) The reddish-brown dirt road takes us deep into Uganda’s interior. All vestiges of civilization lie far behind. I’m twelve hours into a two-week stint in Africa with my 13-year-old daughter and Words of Hope’s David Bast. I’m wondering, “What am I getting myself into?” And then we see them. A crowd a thousand strong lines the dirt road and sings songs of praise. …

Come with Me

Jon Opgenorth

READ : Mark 6:30-32 “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” (v. 31) The disciples return to Jesus from a time of ministry, excited but exhausted. Jesus beckons “come away . . . and get some rest.” What would you do today if you were responsible for absolutely nothing—no homework to be done, no job deadlines to meet, no expectations? For three months that was my privilege. The congregation I serve received a Clergy …