Following the theme of “What Nourishes Me,” from last month, I want to share some more this month. Its no small thing that God sees us, don’t you think? Many people remember the passage that says, “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even… Continue reading What Nourishes Me, Again
Every New Year is an opportunity to look backwards and think forward. In my case, as I reflect on the last year, what I see is God teaching me to walk faithfully in uncertainty. That’s how the last three years have gone. Walking faithfully in uncertainty has taught me that the way God uses our… Continue reading What Nourishes Me Today for Tomorrow?
Some of the ideas people have about God make him into a God of retribution rather than mercy. In this message, I attempt to tackle two difficult passages that have shaped, in an unhealthy way, how we see God. The story reflects back on the tale of two cities called Sodom and Gomorrah. Is God… Continue reading Is God a God of Hospitality?
Last year this plant appeared in the foyer of our church building. It is from the Hebron in Israel. When I got it I immediately thought this would be a good plant for my office, so I kept it. At first I watered it every couple of days. It was a disaster. The plant is… Continue reading Plant From Hebron
Rethinking Gender Roles in the Church_Companion_6 For the apostle Paul, Christian’s live in the “in-between, or the “now-not yet,” the space of time after Jesus’ resurrection and before the Parousia, when Jesus returns. This “in-between” period represents the coming of the Kingdom of God in Jesus’ resurrection but also reflects the fact that the Kingdom… Continue reading Rethinking Gender Roles_Companion 6
As some of you know, I have a particular interest in families with mental health conditions. My niece was diagnosed with Youth Onset Bipolar Disorder very young, my nephew has Autism Spectrum Disorder. As an uncle I tried to care for them over the years the best I knew how. I tried to be a… Continue reading Bridges To Hope
A fixation on what immediately follows death is common, I think, to people across cultures and faiths. As a child I was very concerned about the continuing existence of some family friends who passed away. I recall having vivid dreams about them, where they gathered together in the afterlife. It gave my childhood self some… Continue reading What is Purgatory