"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
2 Corinthians 5:17-19 "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their… Continue reading Toward A Healthy Response to Hate
The story of John the Baptist's imprisonment and death is an interesting foreshadowing of what was going to happen to Jesus. John prepared the way for Jesus but he also prefigures his life. John's imprisonment, binding, and death also occur to Jesus. Still, the question of why John the Baptist was imprisoned is an interesting… Continue reading Herod and Herodias