Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!
. 14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs,Continue reading “Faith Without Deeds”
. A longtime close friend told me recently that they are transgender and transitioning. All of a sudden a lot of questions that had seemed distant and theoretical became close-up and personal for me. This isn’t just a casual friend. This is one of a small number of friends whom I had known to beContinue reading “Transgender”
. Yesterday morning I praised God for this day He created and asked Him to use me today. He did, in a very unexpected and challenging way. And it wasn’t until after the most challenging part was over that I remembered that I had asked God to use me. Being able to do God’s workContinue reading “Use Me Today God”
. Recently I read an obscure law journal article published in 2003 titled, “Innocent Until Proven Guilty: The Origins of a Legal Maxim,” by a guy named Kenneth Pennington. Why I read this kind of stuff for fun and recreation … well … let’s just say that I’m a nerd. When I was a kidContinue reading “Paucapalea”
. Last winter I experienced a sudden life-threatening illness. It came on so fast I didn’t really have a chance to realize what was happening. One day I felt a little more tired than usual, but no big deal. Less than 24 hours later I was in the back of an ambulance racing to theContinue reading “The Choice”
. The global pandemic is slowly giving way to a global economic crisis. Economies in many nations in all parts of the world are fragile and hurting. And real people living in those nations and tribes and areas are feeling the pain. Recently a longtime friend came to me in deep distress. With downcast eyesContinue reading “Giving”
For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supperContinue reading “Communion”
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*”
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