Who better than a pastor – called to live in a peculiar way on behalf of a group of people unable to live this way most days – to practice the art of prophetically being one’s authentic self, rather than attempting to be one’s best, most marketable self?
Beneath this star-spangled net of red, white and blue, we are trapped by hate and violence – and entitlement to our weapons.
If we listen carefully to how children ask their questions of God and church, we clergy, parents and other adults might discover ways to “speak Christian” plainly.
The prophets’ call to “heal the earth” is being awakened in surprising places — like police forces.
My advice for living faithfully in these troubled times: Listen carefully to others, speak the truth in love and then . . . well, leave the rest to God.
We may not spend money on “gifts” to multi-millionaire, prosperity gospel ministers. But we do spend it on expertly-marketed Christian media.
I spent two weeks on a grand jury listening to stories that make it clear the world needs good churches.
Anh and Xuan’s plight was desperate and dangerous, their destiny cast into the hands of resentful and suspicious nations, their destination completely unknown. A generation later, their families are strong, and their contributions to our society are profound.
Seminaries should be religious science labs that help prepare leaders for the ever evolving work of the Holy Spirit in congregational life.