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.
The geography of fear is so overwhelming that Christians, Jews, and Muslims often lose sight of what unites them – a belief in the God of justice and peace.
When was the last time you were astounded at the greatness of God?
There was an article in the New York Times Magazine this week about people who are wealthy, successful, and miserable. The title was “America’s Professional Elite: Wealthy, Successful, and Miserable.” The summary said: He makes 1.2 million dollars a year. He’s unhappy because his work feels meaningless. He can’t take a pay cut because he feels locked into the lifestyle. He’s one…
Trusting in God, trusting in the absolute love of God is life giving. But trusting is not enough. Experiencing God’s love and then not sharing that love is like a tree whose roots are bound. We need to be a conduit of God’s love.
“The Hope of Resurrection” The Fifth Sunday after Epiphany (February 10, 2019) 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 Now I would remind you, brothers and sisters, of the good news that I proclaimed to you, which you in turn received, in which also you stand, through which also you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message that I proclaimed to you—unless you…
If you really slow down and let the weight of Paul’s words really sink in “love does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things,” the sense that this is actually attainable for any one person or any one couple quickly decreases.