Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!
There is a serenity that comes from knowing at all levels of your existence that God is in charge. Always. I’m not there yet, not by a long shot. I can sense myself getting closer, but I still have a long way to go. Two recent news items tapped into this for me. First, theContinue reading “Serenity”
Much of the church has forgotten that we worship a disabled God whose wounds survived resurrection, says Amy Kenny. It is time for the church to start treating disabled people as full members of the body of Christ who have much more to offer than a miraculous cure narrative and to learn from their embodiedContinue reading “On My Reading List*”
“Arise, then… women of this day! Arise, all women who have hearts, whether our baptism be that of water or of tears! Say firmly: We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be taken fromContinue reading “Julia Ward Howe’s Original Mother’s Day Proclamation”
Conversation with an elderly relative, an atheist who thinks it’s demeaning to pray, which she characterized as “begging a man for favors:” I said God’s not an old white dude with a beard in the sky, and I don’t “beg Him for favors” either; that’s not what prayer is. She asked, “So what is itContinue reading “Conversation”
Today is the first day of Ramadan for Muslims around the world. I read an article about Ramadan … written for non-Muslims … the purpose of which was to explain Ramadan to those of us who know nothing about it. That made me want to dig a little deeper, so I did. Christianity, Judaism, andContinue reading “Ramadan”
In an article titled, “Why the Future of Christianity Is African and Female,” Gina Zurlo (co-Director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) presents some interesting statistics: Christian women are more likely [than men] to attend weekly church services (53% versus 46%) pray daily (61% versus 51%) say religionContinue reading “Interesting Research Paper”
26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that forContinue reading “Groanings Too Deep for Words”
Today I had a medical appointment with a new specialist. He was very thorough, took a careful history, had already reviewed my hospital notes, etc. He was asking me about sleep and dreams. He asked about nightmares. Then he asked about hallucinations. I hesitated. Then I told him the truth. I do have regular dreams,Continue reading “Hallucinations?”
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