Category Christianity

Easter People Behind Locked Doors

Originally posted on Downward, Upward, and Forward Behind Jesus:
As a Special Olympian, Andrew has run in many 1 mile “fun runs,” but he has always dreamed of finishing a 5k race. However, Down’s Syndrome and surgically-reconstructed knees have made it impossible. The good news is Easter transforms impossibility into reality. 1 Peter 1:3-9 NRSV It’s…

Are We Ugly Ducklings or Swans?

When I first became a “Christian” just over ten years ago, I did so in spite of the messages of condemnation I heard from church leaders and the fundamentalist right. I walked toward Jesus in spite of the legalism that seemed to permeate the narration of the Gospel. How was I able to make the […]

Sowing Discord or Peace

Discord, chaos, conspiracy. All this coming from the leader of our nation. And it seems the leader of an enemy nation has overtaken his quest for power. But who has really overtaken him and his cohort in the White House? The enemy we all know; the father of lies, thief who comes to steal, kill […]

Ten Year Anniversary

This month marks ten years since I chose to follow Christ. Ten years since I walked into the embrace of my Father’s arms. Ten years since I have learned to listen to the Spirit abiding inside me. And almost 15 years since I was diagnosed with bipolar II (2). Faith is my invisible source of […]

Indignant at Injustice

God is a fair judge, a God who is angered by injustice every day. (Psalm 7:11, GW) This same verse is written in several Bible versions this way: God is a righteous judge, and a God who has indignation every day. Why would God be indignant? Because we sin or because He sees injustice? Why […]

Righteous Ears

If immigrants and refugees and poor are not “the least of these,” then who are we to feed and care for, clothe and see to their welfare? If we don’t honor God’s own plea, how well with our souls will it be?   With wealthy people getting more and ethics walking out the door how […]

Our Cross to Bear

“Christianity stands or falls with its revolutionary protest against violence, arbitrariness and pride of power and with its plea for the weak. Christians are doing too little to make these points clear rather than too much. Christendom adjusts itself far too easily to the worship of power. Christians should give more offense, shock the world […]

New Covenant Thinking

“When we love people exactly as they are, which is how we are loved, we invite them into the possibility of eventually becoming what God knows they can become when the reconciling work of Christ is fully manifested in their lives.” Gregory A. Boyd1 When we focus on sin, we have a tendency to identify […]

Sea Change

Jesus brought a paradigm shift which has yet to be fully embraced by many in Western Christianity. Many live lives defined by Old Testament rules and laws. But Jesus redefined how to interpret the Old Testament (Matthew chapters 5, 6 and 7). For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and […]

Two Parables

A Skewed Parable A Jewish Pharisee (religious scholar) came to rest one day in the midst of his journey, hot and thirsty in the noonday sun, at a deep well which had been dug by his Israelite ancestor Jacob. After he had taken a drink from the ladle, and poured out another scoop over his […]