To all God's beloved living in the United States today, Paul would write urging us, like the church in ancient Rome, to be a set-apart people, setting up little beachheads of Christ's eternal kingdom right here and now in the swamp of partisan politics and idolatrous nationalistic sentiment.
Why are so many Christians caught up in the goings-on at Caesar’s palace on the week our hearts and minds should be making their way to Bethlehem’s manger?
"It's all upside down!" was the perfect remark by a 14-year old after our youth group gathered in my cozy study to discuss the story of Christmas.
‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels . . . I was a foreigner and you did not invite me in." The Gospel lesson in this week's lectionary reminds us that Jesus was no lap cat savior but the roaring Lion of Judah. He came … Continue reading Welcome the Foreigner: Fiery Words from the Prince of Peace
When Sarah was a little girl, she loved to dance and twirl barefooted across the soft green grass of her childhood home and feel the soft blades in between her toes. One day she noticed a small solitary yellow dandelion growing up amidst all the green and thought, “How beautiful!”
And she danced and twirled away thinking no more of it. When she returned sometime later, the dandelion had multiplied and spread across the entire lawn until the soft, green grass was completely overrun by the invasive weed. She was sad.
When Sarah was much older, she discovered a small lump on her skin but thought, “It’s probably nothing.” And went on her way and thought no more of it.
When she visited the doctor some time later she discovered it was cancer and had now spread throughout her entire body and it was too late to stop the invasive…
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This Sunday my sermon is on prayer. Here's a repost. Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. … Continue reading Inhabiting the Lord’s Prayer