I saw another blogger’s post with the same title…and loved the idea of listing positives about my church. Not because I think my church is better than all other churches, but because it is just the human tendency to complain instead of uplift. So her… Continue Reading 10 Reasons I Love my Church
Podcast: Should We Take Verses Where God is Forgetful, Fatigued, and Doesn’t Know the Past Literally?
Greg considers a challenge to open theisms about taking verses about God changing his mind literally.
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For friendship to exist, two people must share a “space.” In our spiritual life with God, that shared space is called the Kingdom of God. This Kingdom that Jesus taught so much about is the spiritual realm where we connect with God’s activity, authority, and love. “As it is in Heaven” is an invitation into a day-to-day life where Jesus redefines everything.
In my mother’s final days, I sat at her bedside and read aloud through the Psalms of Ascent. Originally written for ancient pilgrims travelling to the temple, Psalms 120-134 may also be read as psalms addressing our journey through life. They spe… Continue Reading How to Pray for a Loved One Who is Dying
Another Way for week of April 6, 2018 When You are Stuck Most of us have had to work on something that was slow, frustrating, and just plain difficult. Whether at home or work, whether young or old, whether because of something you did or no fault of y… Continue Reading When You are Stuck
Whew.The roller coaster of the Christian calendar is over. It’s a lot of work, especially if you are in church leadership. You get prepped for Advent, work hard through Christmas, get a month or so of planning for the next season and then it’s Lent and Holy Week and the big event, Easter. It’s pretty exhausting.
If you are exhausted, please take a deep breath. You deserve it.
Love is the Only Way: Why I Loved the New Paul Movie (And I’m Not into “Christian Movies,” Typically)
This past weekend was full. Perhaps it was for you too. Before I tell you about my experience with the Paul movie, it is worth mentioning the most meaningful weekend of the Church calendar. It started off with two Good Friday gatherings. We read the pa… Continue Reading Love is the Only Way: Why I Loved the New Paul Movie (And I’m Not into “Christian Movies,” Typically)
Greg considers what Jesus meant when he said he had come to bring a sword.
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Did Jesus mean it to come to this? How much does modern western christianity come from Jesus, and how much comes from somewhere else? A few weeks back I introduced the theme of Did Jesus mean it to come to this?, in which I want to examine the modern w… Continue Reading Mission vs maintenance
“As people of faith, I feel we should have some kind of relationship,” said the president of the local Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’. He had called to invite my participation in an interfaith forum, and suggested fasting as an aid to peace that I and several … Continue Reading Venturing Beyond My Faith Community