“SAME MOTHER, SAME FATHER”

"Our Father, who art in heaven...." Ba kelen, fa kelen” Fill in the blank: I first began to understand, or accept, that I was an adult when….” Let me tell you about when Sibiri first knew and embraced his adulthood. Sibiri is a common male name in much of Burkina...

WHAT WE SHOULD BE DEBATING

What follows below is an essay I submitted to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune in 2013, in response to a series of essays for and against evolution and creationism, on the terms usually staked out in the debate pitting science against the Bible. It was not printed, by the...

Pathways Class 8 (November 4): a Review

Last Sunday, November 4, our Pathways class explored the 2nd of MC USA’s renewed commitments: “Witness to God’s Peace,” in particular, experiencing or receiving God’s peace. We looked at peace as described in Ezekiel 34:25-31 (compare with Matthew 9:36) and Isaiah...

MEMENTO MORI

2 Timothy 4: 6 For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord,...

PATHWAYS CLASS SESSION 7, a review

In last Sunday’s class (October 28) we began discussing the second of MC USA’s renewed commitments: specifically, “We are called to extend God’s holistic peace, proclaiming Christ’s redemption for the world with our lives. Through Christ, God frees the world from sin...

FOLI DORON (Only Greetings) 2

October 22, 2018:  MUSIC AND LANGUAGE IN KENEDOUGOU Among the peoples of the Kénédougou region, music and speech are not separate things: speech is melodious, and melody can speak. The tribal languages are tonal, that is, the pitch of a word in relation to other words...

For Pathways Class 7: Living as Witnesses

“We are people of God’s peace, which we receive by the Holy Spirit who infuses our lives with Christ’s love for the world,” is the summary statement of our next Pathways class, on Sunday, October 28. We will begin that day to look at the second of MC USA’s Three...

RELEASE AND RELEARN

Luke 15: 31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. Are there any parents here this morning? Would any of you wish to tell me what it is about parenthood that you most enjoy? Or not? What are the best parts of parenthood,...