This Kind of Jesus

Gina Butz faith 0 Comments

When I worked in campus ministry, I had a student insist to me that Jesus was white, because she’d “seen the pictures.” Yeah. I’ve seen the pictures too. Jesus always looks so serene and other worldly, like in that one where He’s standing outside the door in a halo of sunlight. I get the feeling that if I were to …

Are You Looking for God in the Right Places?

Gina Butz expectations, faith 2 Comments

One morning last week my husband told me there was a hawk in the backyard. I glanced out the kitchen window and observed nothing. Later, he came in again and asked, “Did you see the hawk?” “No,” I replied, assuming it flew away. “It’s still there. It’s been there all morning.” I looked out again, scanning the trees. No hawk. Maybe …

Looking for Jesus

Gina Butz faith, word of the year 0 Comments

It seems like people have always been looking for Jesus. The wise men looked for him when they saw his star in the East. Mary and Joseph spent three days looking for their son in the temple after they realized he wasn’t with them on their journey. (Can you imagine? “I thought he was with you!” “I thought he was with you!”). …

Why Christmas Reminds Me to Hope in God

Gina Butz Christmas, expectations, faith, hope 0 Comments

I hate waiting. That’s why I have Amazon Prime. ‘Tis the season of waiting. We wait in lines, for packages to arrive, for family, friends, parties, planes. In the Bible, the word wait is often translated hope. They are intertwined. We must wait for the objects of our hope. Hope feels deeper. We don’t just hope for that gift we …