Giving our heart to Jesus is not only a private soteriological exchange; it has to do with a reoriented life that puts the well-being of others ahead of selfish interests. It is a persistent attempt to live as Jesus did, in the power of the Spirit.
Let us rejoice with Mary that God keeps promises and will ultimately conquer all that tramples the weak and outcast. The Mighty One did great things for her – and will for us.
The ecosystem of congregations, judicatories and the institutions that prepare persons for ministry has been fraying across the denominational spectrum.
In a sense, the whole world is God’s mixing bowl, and we are part of the ingredients to feed others.
Saints are regular, blessed folks around us through whom goodness shines. Being blessed is not about storing up riches and celebrity accolades; it is all about giving oneself away.
One author notes that “if teenagers lack an articulate faith, maybe it is because the faith we show them is too spineless to merit much in the way of conversation.” How can we entrust the treasure of the Gospel in faithful ways for those who follow us?
I wanted to view a display that chronicled the founding, theological drift, depths of heresy and resurgence of the seminary as interpreted by the current administration. Apparently, I figured prominently in the tableau as exemplar of the HEResy that required my dismissal.
How do Christians responsibly and faithfully inhabit the places where decisions are made for the common good, especially at a time when the principle of religious liberty is being effectively hijacked?
How the late Toni Morrison “did language” invited a greater intentionality in telling the stories that might make for a different future. What could be more important in these troubling and traumatic days than crafting language that heals a broken nation, a people concerned about the current dystopic narrative?