“To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.” (1 Corinthians 9:22-23) “I have become all things to… Continue reading Paul’s Policy of Accommodation
Freeing the Samaritan Woman from Prejudice "A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” John chapter four shares an encounter between Jesus and a Samaritan woman. In the early verses of the chapter, Jesus draws the attention of the Pharisees whose interest had previously been focused on… Continue reading Freeing the Samaritan Woman From Prejudice
“It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light… Continue reading The Once-Blind Man
"And a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, seeking you.” And he answered them, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking about at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of God,… Continue reading Sisters and Brothers
"...Paul in his Christian faith does something very similar to this, he takes the same behavior of expanding the space where God touches and he expands it into this realm of the Christian church..."
"Did young Isaac learn faith as he carried the firewood that is his very own personal cross?"
"And a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, seeking you.” And he answered them, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking about at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of God,… Continue reading God’s Family
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIjPEytY54c At its heart, I believe the idea of interfaith is about two things, the common experiences of believers across faith groups and the value of otherness. It's this "Otherness" I want to share with you, in hopes that we will find a greater thankfulness for this grand diverse creation. Right now we are living… Continue reading Interfaith Thought: The Otherness of Neighbors and Alterity of Ourselves
Baptism is a normative redemptive act I believe a conversation about baptism begins with humility. As we wrestle with the function and importance of baptism we should regard ourselves as finite interpretive beings led by the communal work of the Spirit. I cannot know perfectly the mind of God but I can faithfully and humbly… Continue reading Baptism: A Normative Redemptive Act
When Giving Thanks Includes More Than what Makes You Happy I was asked by our local interfaith clergy group to say a few words on the topic of thankfulness. I was hesitant at first but decided to accept the invitation. Since then, I have been mulling over what to say. It occurred to me that… Continue reading Thankfulness