Jason C. Stanley

ponderings of a dad walking humbly & seeking justice

Devotion: Philip and Nathanael

“The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, ‘Follow me.’. . . . Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.’” (John 1:43, 45, NRSV)

When Megan and I first moved to Tidewater, we faced the challenge that so many people face when they move to a new area. Where do we take the car for repairs? What doctor should we use for our child? What restaurants should we avoid?  

We asked around and people were happy to share their recommendations for auto shops, doctors, and restaurants. 

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Devotion: I Forgot

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” (1 Peter 2:9-10, NRSV)

My wife, Megan, was out of town.

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5 Questions with Peter Vu

Rev. Peter Vu

Rev. Peter G. Vu has been a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Grand Rapids, Michigan for twenty years. Born in Saigon City (currently Ho Chi Minh City), Viet Nam, he was a young boy when the Viet Nam war ended. “I witnessed the War,” he says, “and the end of it with great horror and deep appreciation for peace.”

What helped him growing up under an oppressive government, experiencing hardships was his faith and prayers. This developed into a love for prayers and meditations, some he learned from his Buddhist friends. After coming to the United States, finishing high school, college, and seminary, Peter discerned a call to ministry. Since then he has been in ministry at six different churches over the last twenty years. As someone trained in Clinical Pastoral Care, he has served as a chaplain in hospitals and at a home for veterans.

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Devotion: Strangers & Friends

“When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.’ So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him.” (Luke 19:5-6, NRSV)

Do you remember learning the Zacchaeus song in church as a child? “Zacchaeus was a wee little man, and a wee little man was he.” 

Just as Zacchaeus was short in stature, he was short in character. As a tax collector, he not only took money from his fellow Jews to give to the Romans, but he cheated them as well. He marked up their taxes so he could take some for himself.  The fact that Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector only added to the disdain for a corrupt man. 

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4 Evangelism Do’s & Don’ts

In a blog post, Carey Niewhof shared 5 Important Ways Evangelism is Shifting in a Post-Christian World. These five shifts are spot-on. This means that many of the practices and traditions are no longer working. So, we need to rethink what evangelism looks like.

Here are four do’s and don’ts to consider with it comes to evangelism.

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