Dawn Poplin

Invitation to Linger

Did anyone respond to his invitation to linger over this scripture? What was its full context, and why did Jesus find it so significant?

This We Proclaim!

This letter I am holding is testimony directly from someone who witnessed these wondrous events!
Someone who endured unimaginable persecution because of his faithfulness to this very testimony!

Do Not Forget!

It was a hard truth that many who came face to face with Jesus would stumble and fall, just as he had once done. Paul only prayed that in their brokenness, they would take hold of the mercy and grace offered through Jesus, and then live every day in humble awe of that gift.

He Went With Them!

This unique image in the life of Jesus transcends stereotypes and encourages us to do the same.

The Voice in the Crowd

Aware that she would be dismissed by the majority, she sought those with open hearts and minds – those who heard her voice and found her worthy of pursuit.

Freedom Fighter

Surround yourself with people who will hold you accountable for both your words and your actions. 

The River and the Wind

These words breathed into the timeline of humanity would find those hearts appointed to receive them – those who stand at the banks of the river, and turn their eyes to heaven in dismay.

How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen?

Song of the Stones

You may silence the people, but never the truth. Stones will cry out if these voices are stilled.

Jerusalem Awaits

The more I thought about the unworthy servant of the parable, the more I came to believe that fear was only a small part of his problem.  Such fear may have caused him to hesitate, but it led to neglect. That was a choice, and his guilt increased daily until the king returned.  

Facing Caiaphas

Jesus breathed unfathomable power into the simplest of words, knowing that they would endure long after the High Priest had returned to dust!

In This Hour

All is within your power,
and yet, this cup remains;
and so, I beg you
Take this cup from me.

Such as These

To my mother, he said, “You have been entrusted with much, and have proved yourself faithful.  Your children will rise up and call you ‘Blessed.’”

Tonight, We Grieve

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted,” John softly spoke the words that both men had offered to others in times of brokenness.

Empty

Two boats… left there.

Debating Jesus

Jesus of Nazareth was not remotely predictable, and that perhaps intrigued me more than anything. While many others dismissed him or dreamed of silencing him, I dreamed of conversing with him.

One Day in Jericho

Once again, the good people of Jericho rebuked the man who had forgotten his place in the community.

God, Be Merciful!

I choose a lofty perch,

Above the flow of mercy,

Far from the reach of grace.

In These Days

I allowed my fingers to trace her name. This woman was an important person in the history of our faith, and up until this morning, I had never heard of her.

Door of Hope!

“Listen to what I speak! Remember the unfailing love of the Mighty One of Israel! The Messiah will come to rescue his people!”

Faith of a Woman

She allowed herself no time to nurse the pain. If the God of Israel had heard her prayers, she needed to get to the Rabbi. 

Justice

It was vital that they learn to pray continuously, stand firm, and not give up when they encountered impossible or discouraging circumstances.

Hope of the Nations

For those I loved, life went on, but I was no longer a part of it. I would catch a glimpse of their lives from time to time, always from a distance.

The Thicket Part 5: Awakening

There is no wiser decision than trusting him. My choice is to follow him, to fully yield my heart and mind, and to place my life and future in his hands.