I had the joy of speaking at our little church this past Sunday and, because I got to choose the text, I focused on 1 John 4:7-19. […] Continue Reading Sidewalk Flowers: Carry, Gather, Spread
All across the nation today, there will be ceremonies commemorating National Aboriginal Day (or what will soon be National Indigenous People’s Day, according to Justin Trudeau). There will be dancing and singing and regalia and official speeches by important people in city centers from sea to sea to sea. […] Continue Reading This is How We Make Our Way
Another Way for week of June 16, 2017 The Generous Gift Editor’s note: Second of a four-part June series celebrating men and dads, drawn and updated from favorite Another Way columns over the years. We stood in the little foyer of that cement block church in rural North Florida after worship one Sunday morning. […] Continue Reading The Generous Gift
“The child grew, and was weaned; and Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned. But Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, playing with her son Isaac. So she said to Abraham, “Cast out this slave woman with her son; for the son of this slave woman shall not inherit along with my son Isaac.”The matter was very distressing to Abraham on account of his son.” (Genesis 21:8-11) […] Continue Reading Season after Pentecost (Proper 7 ) : The Old Testament Passages – When hope grows dim
I get it. You don’t hate LGBTQ people. You sincerely do want to love them as best as you can. If possible, you’d even like to fully affirm them. And maybe, if it were left entirely up to you and to your own intuitions, you’d already be affirming them. But you’re a Christian.[Read More…] Continue Reading A Challenge to Those on the Fence about LGBTQ Affirmation
We attribute lots of things to Jesus and/or the bible. Lots of things. We go to the bible for our political views. We give Jesus credit for our slogans. We use ideas that have been handed down to us without testing them, and assume they are biblical. […] Continue Reading Jesus Never Said: “God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle”
The birth of a new baby brings all our emotions to the surface: curiosity, fascination, elation, and joy beyond compare. There’s also terror! “Is she breathing?” “Will I let her down?” “How do I handle the responsibility for another life?” Every parent asks these questions, alternating between ecstasy and anxiety. […] Continue Reading Wiping Away the Tears, Embracing the Fears, Celebrating the Joy!
Jesus first. Others second. Yourself last. Right? Or do we have that backward? What if you should actually start by loving yourself? Continue Reading The Importance of Loving Yourself First
On Fridays, BTSF offers links to other discussions about race & Christianity. It’s an opportunity for you to read other perspectives, and for me to give props to the many voices leading the way…Weekly Round… Continue Reading Friday Fruit (06/23/17)
“Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound?” (Romans 6:1b)
The writer of Romans (Paul) asks an absurd question to make a point.
“By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it?” (Verse 2)
And answers it by saying “me genioto” which in the ancient Greek means “by no means!” I can still hear my Greek from seminary saying that with special emphasis. Paul has a habit of asking absurd questions, like this one to make a point – should we sin in order to know and get more grace? And answers it with another question asking how can we who have sworn to live a good Christian life deliberately do that which we know is sin! (Picture your favorite image of Paul being horrified!) […]