Day 302

Today’s Reading – John 11

The fountain display at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas is truly spectacular, but then again everything in Las Vegas is designed to be spectacular.

That is in part what draws people there. Las Vegas is more than gambling and casinos.

Las Vegas is everything to the extreme – shows, performers, neon signs, food, hotels, and fountains.

Our appetite for the spectacular is what makes today’s passage so unique.

        Jesus began to cry. John 11:35 CEB

There is part of me that wants Jesus to put on a show.

How easy it would have been – How spectacular it would have been – how awesome!

But no, Jesus instead mourns at the human loss and then without fireworks or a spectacular show raises Lazarus from the dead.

Good News that the spectacular can be accomplished simply.

I am a simple man and I find comfort that God understands me and can use me (in the simplest ways) to accomplish His work.

Keep it simple – God is spectacular enough.


I am a United Methodist Pastor and have the privilege of serving as the Senior Pastor for the church of my childhood. I preach in a place I once was an acolyte. I love to preach, but more importantly I love to teach. I firmly believe that Faith Matters and should affect how we live. This blog is a place where I come to share the randomness that is life and faith ... and the intersection of the two.

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