WHEN IDEOLOGY COMES TO CHURCH

Galatians 5: 4 You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. 5 For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope. 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor...

GROWTH AND THE ALTERNATIVE

Eph.4: 14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become...

Law, Love and Grace

In all seriousness, with no discernible sense of humor nor irony, student protesters and rioters in the streets of Paris, in May of 1968, chanted, “It is forbidden to forbid!” Had they lingered in thought a few moments over an espresso at a sidewalk bistro before...

LOVING THESE SECOND

John 21  15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He...

“IN THE LAST DAYS…”

‘And it shall be in the last days,’ God says, ‘That I will pour forth of My Spirit on all mankind; And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, And your young men shall see visions, And your old men shall dream dreams; 18 Even on My bondslaves, both men and women,...

REPENTANCE FOR FORGIVENESS OF SIN

44 Now He said to them, “These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then He opened their minds to understand the...

SHOULD IT COME TO WAR…

All five of us managed to fit into my Toyota Prius for the ride from Eastern Mennonite University, in Harrisonburg, Virginia, to the Shenandoah National Park for a hike. I was driving. We were students at the Summer Peacebuilding Institute, which brings in teachers...

IN THE BREAKING OF BREAD

Luke 24: 30 When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 And their eyes were opened and they recognized him; and he vanished out of their sight.  As I was getting ready to go see my spiritual director this week,...