Jesus is Not

By: Alex Early on Tuesday March 19, 2019

Jesus is not surprised by my failures. Jesus is not annoyed with my quirks. Jesus is not wavering in his faithfulness to me. Jesus is not about to change his mind on me. Jesus is not regretting having a relationship with me. Jesus is not hiding from me. Jesus is not withholding anything good...

A Brief Theology of Serving

By: Alex Early on Thursday February 21, 2019

A Serving Community (Mark 10) As deacons, we want to ground everything that we do in service to Jesus and the church body out of what Jesus has done for us both personally and collectively. The following isn’t intended to introduce anything particularly “new” to you but rather this is a short...

The Vice of Busyness

By: Alex Early on Tuesday February 5, 2019

This was the standard answer I'd give people from 2008-2015 working as a pastor. That's right. Typical busy pastor. After all, there were sermons to be preached, classes to be taught, pastoral care appointments to attend to, disciples to be made, funds to be raised, buildings to be acquired, the...

You Are Cleansed, Clothed, and Comforted

By: Alex Early on Tuesday January 15, 2019

This is something we say quite often around the Early home now that the Big Dark has settled back in here in Seattle. Yes, the sun goes down at 4:45 and it is completely dark by 5pm. Most days the weather will change from dark grey to a lighter grey, then back to dark grey, then fade to black. Our...

I Still Need You, Jesus

By: Alex Early on Thursday January 3, 2019

That’s something I find myself saying several times throughout each morning, afternoon, and evening. These simple breath-prayers are not merely cognitively acknowledging my place in creation as one who is finite, dependent, and completely “prone to wander.” They’re a confession. I simply...

Who is Christmas For?

By: Alex Early on Thursday December 6, 2018

The birth of the Son of God and his resurrection from the dead is presented in contexts that include a fat man delivering presents via reindeer and a rabbit dropping off processed sugary treats. Dylan was right. ‘The times are a changin.’   I’m not anti-Santa (though his whole...

Yelling at God

By: Alex Early on Tuesday November 6, 2018

The Bible gives us many examples of God’s people laying it all out on the table. The best place to go in Scripture to see examples of this is the Psalms. Look at just these few verses: With my voice I cry out to the Lord; with my voice I plea for mercy to the Lord. I pour out my complaint before...

Brennan Manning Asks 15 Questions to Examine the Conscience

By: Alex Early on Thursday October 4, 2018

I'm slowly reading through Brennan Manning's very first book, Prophets and Lovers: In Search of the Holy Spirit. Like everything he wrote, it is wonderful. I heard him mention these questions in sermons on a number of occasions. Seeing them again this morning... well... they're as...