Idols: Exodus 32

Evolution Spiritual understanding emerges over time on humanity’s long march in a relationship with God.  Judaism, and to a lesser degree Christianity both understand humanity’s relationship with God to be an evolutionary one, rooted in the events of history. This historical understanding of God can be contrasted with the understanding of the great Eastern religions, which … More Idols: Exodus 32

Of One Mind, with Fear and Trembling, And Other Good Stuff

Paul at Philippi Luke in Acts 16 gives us the picture of Paul’s visit to the city of Philippi in response to a dream in which a man appeared asking him to come over to Macedonia, thus creating Philippi as the first beachhead for Paul on the European continent. Philippi, named after himself by Philip, … More Of One Mind, with Fear and Trembling, And Other Good Stuff

God, Breaking out

Through a glass, darkly Forgiveness runs contrary to self-interest, whereas judgment is instinctual. In Romans, Paul speaks of a community as a place where we are faced with having to tolerate difference – or not, as more often the case may be. Toleration of difference seems to run contrary to our natural instincts while fear … More God, Breaking out

Belonging to-gather

As we journey soon into the new beginnings of post-Labor Day autumn, what will it mean to deny ourselves, take up our crosses, and follow Jesus? More, certainly, than giving up a few things; more than suffering as part of the human condition; more than moving forward on new paths—peering into autumn’s transitions, we belong … More Belonging to-gather

The Bible Challenge, Day 110 editorial comment

Luke, in Acts chapter 7 reports the death of Stephen. Stephen was one of those who in chapter 6 we learned were entrusted with the social and pastoral support of the members of the community, especially among the poorer Hebrew Christians. These men were called servants or diakonoi and are the first in the ministry … More The Bible Challenge, Day 110 editorial comment