The days of viewing our faith as the remaking of the world into our image are long past, thanks be to God. Our call is to find ways to work for the common good with the values Jesus instituted in the inbreaking Reign of God.
We do our best to illumine this time of year with both artificial and spiritual means. Thankfully, God provides the latter.
Gratitude is an essential practice that positions us to receive life’s blessings and burdens with openness and trust. Giving thanks with a grateful heart is transformative.
Post midterms, polarization prevails. Yet there is much legislative work to do for the common good. How might that happen?
Remembering those who have shaped our lives is an instructive spiritual discipline. We tend to think that those who have died have disappeared utterly from this world, no longer accessible. Yet, our imagination can bridge heaven and earth, and we can continue to receive the impact of their lives.
Central Seminary’s partnership with Myanmar Institute of Theology calls us to be mindful of what our colleagues wrestle with all the while. As most of the Christian leaders are ethnic minorities themselves, they know the precariousness of existence and freedom. They understand the wounded Body of Christ in ways hard for us to fathom.
Surely life is far more interesting and faithful if we explore how this world works and our spiritual place within it, especially the relationship between divine and human agency.
This perhaps is the most confounding thing about God: why God chooses mercy over judgment. We want God to punish the bad – now – and put the world to rights. We want a clear signal that God is at least as moral as we are. Yet, God keeps giving people time to change, so that mercy may triumph.
It was a favorite Sunday school lesson, and we relished hearing it repeatedly. The story of God appearing to young Solomon as he assumes the kingship of Israel reminded us of what was most important: wisdom. “Give your servant therefore…