The foolish road

The way of the cross doesn’t make sense. Not to this world. Not to culturalized Christianity. But the way of the cross is exactly what we need. Reading for today: Psalm 45, 47, 48 Gen. 37:12-24 I Cor. 1:20-31 Mark 1:14-28 This hymn was sung in the church we attended the past Sunday. The words haveContinue reading “The foolish road”

God of the Oppressed

The scandal is that the gospel means liberation, that this liberation comes to the poor, and that it gives them the strength and the courage to break the conditions of servitude. This is what the Incarnation means. God in Christ comes to the weak and the helpless, and becomes one with them, taking their conditionContinue reading “God of the Oppressed”

Our agendas in the Kingdom of God

Now as Jesus was going out of the temple courts, one of his disciples said to him, “Teacher, look at these tremendous stones and buildings!” Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left on another. All will be torn down!” So while he was sitting on theContinue reading “Our agendas in the Kingdom of God”

The Kingdom of God belongs to the seriously messed up

“When Jesus described himself as a physician to sinners, a healer of the inner life, he was calling himself much more than one who associated with the broken, more even than one who could and would forgive them for the damage they had wreaked in their relationships with God and with one another. He was claiming to be oneContinue reading “The Kingdom of God belongs to the seriously messed up”

The power of self-giving love

45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45, NIV) Self-giving love is the key. This is the power set loose on the world. This is the heart of the revolution launched on Good Friday. (NT Wright, “TheContinue reading “The power of self-giving love”

Paying attention to the margins

Who does God receive? The ones without status. The ones society doesn’t recognize. Then they also brought infants to Him that He might touch them; but when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to Him and said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; forContinue reading “Paying attention to the margins”