Good morning! Let’s start out with a show of hands. You can close your eyes if you’re more comfortable that way. Could you, reasonably confidently, give a working definition of heresy? … Okay. And, significantly: would you care if something were a heresy? What I really want to talk about today is mystery, and I’ve been having a really hard time figuring…
When and how has the Holy Spirit breathed a community around you, even if that community was just a few people, and there was this powerful connection and unity in purpose, despite apparent differences?
“I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one,” Jesus prayed.
Jesus Heals on the Sabbath 5 After this there was a festival of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew[a]Beth-zatha,[b] which has five porticoes. 3 In these lay many invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed.[c] 5 One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. 6…
“Battlefield Sheep Formation” – when the vulnerable are threatened, the herd bands together.
Both of these men experience moments of transformation, and even though they’re dramatic and fantastical, I think we can see something of ourselves in Saul and/or Ananias.
When the church says or sings “Alleluia! Christ is risen!” It’s always in the present tense. That’s a present-tense proclamation. It’s a statement about the fierce resilience of life—how evil, how empire, how the systems, and forces that threaten to overwhelm us all did not win. Love did.
What’s that old saying, “Might makes right?” Jesus takes a different path. This righteous rule of justice and peace for which we hope does not and will not come in traditional packaging. Jesus taught us this much…
The point isn’t that we can’t reach a love like this, the point is that this love reaches for us.
In other words, change your life. Now. Live your life in such a way that it makes a difference to others around you, friend and stranger alike, especially the down-and-out, especially those who are cast aside.