For most of this fall, our church has been dwelling in a handful of chapters from the back-end of Matthew’s gospel. Matthew 22-25 contains long, at times unbroken stretches of words out of the mouth of Jesus. Words to the religious leaders of Israel, words to his disciples, words to the hovering crowds. Words of clarification and […]
There are two sides to history, and it is the winning side whose story is remembered. Such is the case with Thanksgiving.
Anawim Christian Community is a community church among the homeless and mentally ill. Our partner church is an immigrant church that shares the managerial duties of our facility.
It has been an interesting four years, hasn’t it? We have …
In The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Katniss delivers a powerful line: We could take this at a simple level of a threat, like “We aren’t going down without a fight.” In the context of the greater themes of the series, though, I don’t think we should read it that simply. Here’s how @deray, a protester in Ferguson these last few months, put it: “If we burn, you burn with us” is Katniss’ statement about the shared human experience. To murder your own people is to kill humanity. That’s how I would take it. Even practically within the movie, the point was made that the Capitol cannot afford to lose the districts …
What does a white, middle-class, cisgendered Protestant American male have to say about being black in America, especially in the wake of the Ferguson grand jury decision? Well, not too much. So, I’m not talking, I’m listening. There are others with far more insightful and important things to say than I. The best thing I […]
A community has been asked to hold the impossible tonight: the pain and pressure of broken hope. Ferguson has been striving to retain the dignity and hope they deserve, and tonight’s no-decision on Michael Browns killing has denied them. I grieve the angst and energy which seemingly has no where to go. Many are angry, […]
To view the first post in this two part series head over to: http://debdebbarak.wordpress.com/2014/11/14/towards-an-ethic-of-self-love-part-1-of-a-2-part-series/?preview=true&preview_id=2003. The following is a poem I recently wrote on the theme of Self-Love: How easy is it To read the words of Scripture To attempt to pour truths over our own lives To vibrantly, passionately live in Christ, All the while … Continue reading →
Ted Grimsrud One of the more challenging passages in the Bible is the story told in the book of Joshua. God’s chosen people enter the “promised land,” meet with opposition from the nations living there, and proceed—with God’s direction and … Continue reading →
About 25 years ago I was traveling on the freeway to somewhere or other and I stopped at a truck stop to get a bite to eat. I sat down at the counter next to this scruffy truck driver who … read more
Last weekend, while in Los Angeles, my world was completely rocked. Do you know that moment in your life when you learn about something and you just. can’t stop. thinking about. IT? Like when you meet a cute guy at an urban bible college in New Orleans and one of the first things he tells […]