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

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Nov
29
Homesick

Homesick

Jesus is saying that when you start to feel that homesickness, don’t give in to despair. Don’t lose hope. Keep your head up and you’ll discover those glimpses of home all around you. You’ll find that the kingdom is closer than you realized. You’ll find how God comes near. Like a smell that takes you
9 min read
Nov
21
Two Different Conversations

Two Different Conversations

When Jesus talks about a kingdom, he’s talking about a way of living. He’s talking about a way of seeing the world and being in it. He’s talking about a new reality, a certain realm of existence, a new creation bursting forth — if only we’d have eyes to see it.
10 min read
Nov
15
A Splash of Cold Water

A Splash of Cold Water

Because in a world driven by scarcity and market forces, by competition and consumption, a blessing is completely disruptive. It turns the world right-side up. Because it can’t be earned or taken. It can only be received. You don’t buy it. It’s given freely and generously. It’s not reserved for a fe
10 min read
Nov
08
Where are you, God?

Where are you, God?

In many ways, the earth has become a tomb of its own, and the stench of death is strong. And it’s highly likely that more than one person — a widow, a grieving parent, a friend left behind, a child without a mother — has asked, “Where were you, God? Where are you?”
8 min read
Sep
16
One Star

One Star

I woke up on Sunday morning to an email from Google alerting me to a brand new review for The Local Church. One star out of five. Awesome. Heck of a way to start a Sunday. Then I read the comment attached to the review: “Pastor is awful.” Even better. Can I just go back to sleep?
3 min read
Sep
12
“Knowledge is Power” is a lie.

“Knowledge is Power” is a lie.

“Knowledge is power,” he said, before waiting a beat and continuing. “…is a lie.” “It’s false. And anyone who tells you that knowledge is power doesn’t know what they’re talking about.” Whatever I was expecting on the first day of driver’s ed was not this.
8 min read
Sep
11
"Keep watch..."

"Keep watch..."

Like many of you, I have spent much of the morning reflecting on the twentieth anniversary of 9/11. I
2 min read
Aug
26
logo of The Thursday Three

The Thursday Three • August 26, 2021

As I relaunch a blog and a digital presence on the web (glad you’re here, btw), I’m finding myself drawn back to this idea of sharing The Thursday Three on a semi-regular basis
3 min read
Aug
22
A Letter To Students

A Letter To Students

So I started to wonder — what sort of pastoral letter of encouragement and hope might I write, like Paul, to these students who are also entering a world in which their voice, wisdom, and heart are so desperately needed?
8 min read