By Way of Reminder
sermons, musings, and marginalia from Brent Levy

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Jun
12
Plot Twist 1: God is Still at Work

Plot Twist 1: God is Still at Work

That’s what the best plot twists do. They shake us up a bit. We question everything we thought we knew. Reevaluate all of the things and ultimately find a new way of seeing.
10 min read
Jun
05
What Does This Mean?

What Does This Mean?

The church doesn’t have a mission. God’s mission has a church.
8 min read
May
29
On Ascension, The Runaway Bunny, and Thoughts & Prayers

On Ascension, The Runaway Bunny, and Thoughts & Prayers

But I also think that as the church, we have the opportunity to offer a corrective here and name that prayer does have a function for us in these moments.
10 min read
May
15
How the New Image of Our Galaxy's Black Hole Helps Us Understand a Life of Faith

How the New Image of Our Galaxy's Black Hole Helps Us Understand a Life of Faith

I love that Peter doesn’t wait to move in the direction of love until he’s figured it all out. Instead, he simply says yes to God and opens himself to the Holy Spirit... He didn’t hesitate. He just said yes.
10 min read
May
08
On Tabitha (And What Those Things You Can't Get Rid of Say About You)

On Tabitha (And What Those Things You Can't Get Rid of Say About You)

What we discover here in this tender blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment is all that Tabitha had meant to this community. And we see that it’s a profound and significant loss — because Tabitha’s life mirrored that of Jesus. Because this detail reveals just how much she blessed these women.
10 min read
Apr
24
How Trust and Belief Are Two Different Things (And Why It Matters)

How Trust and Belief Are Two Different Things (And Why It Matters)

Belief implies that the action is limited to the mind. To the head. About what you can assent to conceptually. You can believe someone or something without trusting it. But trust is so much more than that.
10 min read
Apr
17
There’s A Chance

There’s A Chance

He hears it, and as he rises to his feet, you can almost imagine a smile breaking across his face as he exclaims, “So you’re telling me there’s a chance…”
7 min read
Apr
10
There’s Always a Voice Trying to Silence Our Praise

There’s Always a Voice Trying to Silence Our Praise

But when the crowd gets too raucous, when the parade is bumping, when the praise gets to be too much and too risky, what happens?
10 min read
Mar
27
A Spelling Bee Second Chance?

A Spelling Bee Second Chance?

It’s lavish. It’s illogical. It’s unearned — and that’s precisely the point.
9 min read
Mar
20
So... What Are Your Hobbies?

So... What Are Your Hobbies?

Even when it seems like the tree is doing nothing at all, the gardener still understands the tree to be worthy of care, of nourishment, of tending, of love.
8 min read