September 8, 2019

September 8, 2019

Baptism is not just a nice little symbolic act that we go through for our kids and ourselves to join this club we call church. Rather, baptism is a statement about who God is claiming us to be, part of a new reality and a new family that has unequivocal status in our lives. Our new last name is Christian and our parent is God and Jesus is our older sibling. We have chosen a new family and these are your new brothers and sisters.

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August 25, 2019

August 25, 2019

Our relationship with God is inextricably tied to our relationship with each other. As goes one, so goes the other. Or to put it the way Jesus did, the whole Bible can be summed up in these two relationships, Love God and love your neighbor as yourself. The prophet Isaiah seems to be saying the same thing in our reading from the Hebrew scriptures today. You have to remember that, in the biblical sense, love has very little to do with how you feel about someone or something, and everything to do with how you act.

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August 18, 2019

August 18, 2019

If our world were nothing but a place of created goodness and profound beauty, a space of flourishing for all, just and life-giving for all in God’s creation, then Jesus’ challenge would be deeply troubling. If, on the other hand, our world is deeply marred and scarred, death-dealing for many, with systems of meaning that are exploitative and non-sustainable, then redemption can come only when those systems are shattered and consumed by fire. Life cannot (re-)emerge without confrontation. This is the basis of the conflict Jesus envisions. He comes not to disturb a nice world but to shatter the disturbing and death-dealing systems of meaning that stifle life.

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