34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness. 35 See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. (Luke 11:34-35, NIV)
We are reading through Lisa Sharon Harper’s excellent book The Very Good Gospel in a small group at our church for Lent. It is a powerful book focusing on the broken relationships we see all around and the longing to restore shalom in the world. One example: When we deprive people of the ability toContinue reading “The image bearers and a broken creation”
One of the mantras conservative white Christians have decided to “debunk” so we can get back to our safety bunkers is “Defund the Police.” It really caught our attention after the murder of George Floyd.
15 While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 16 When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with taxContinue reading “Where am I found?”
The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong Can Be Made Right by Lisa Sharon Harper My rating: 5 of 5 stars Lisa Sharon Harper has one of the best calls to “SHALOM” I’ve read in quite some time. She is in the vein of Walter Brueggemann, who writes the introduction for her book. Harper tacklesContinue reading “Book Review — The Very Good Gospel”
Dear Church,Stop gathering around the name of Jesus while ignoring the ways of Jesus.Remember the poor.Visit the prisoner.Feed the hungry.Clothe the naked.Welcome the stranger.Deliver the oppressed.Serve the least.And rise for the marginalized.He waits for us there.— Carlos A. Rodríguez (@HappySonship) December 18, 2018
There are some great gospel songs and even singers who win with the gospel genre on “The Voice.” This lady took the show TO CHURCH this week!
Part of a hidden belief (or sometimes not so hidden) in American Christianity is that somehow coming to Christ will help some situation get easier. Or better. Or the bad situation will at some point go away. What if the circumstances don’t change?
Readings for today included Exodus 15 and John 15. Both are calling us to radically trust the Lord.