Chapter 13: Love amid the Church’s stink

There are twelve chapters of context before we get to the pinnacle of the Apostle Paul’s writing, 1 Corinthians 13. Paul, along with Priscilla and Aquila, worked in Corinth for at least 18 months planting the church that he writes to. The larger church did not save the Corinthians’ letters to Paul, but Paul’s letters […]

Waging Peace: what God’s children do

During my Monday morning devotional time: El Paso, Dayton, Charlestown, Boston, Antioch kept clouding my prayers. Most Mondays, I dive into the week’s Scriptures. This Monday, nothing seemed to happen. The news haunted my holy space.  After conversation with Kate, Heather, Darren and Gayle I knew this lament was not just my own.    Lament […]

The Lord’s Prayer: practicing presence

Last week, Sarah McWhirt-Toler shared how our lives can fill up with to-do lists that seem to crowd out life.  She asked, “What possessions do we need to shed so that we might be present with God?” Jesus had quite a to-do list: heal the sick, proclaim the Good News, feed the hungry, save the […]

To delight in fear is evil

When Trump’s crowd chanted “send her back” they echoed or amplified the president’s tweet: “why don’t they go back?”  Sympathy for such rhetoric stands in opposition to Christian Scriptures. Jesus’ core teaching requires us to love our neighbors in the same manner we love ourselves.  God will judge our lives by the way we welcome […]

Who is my neighbor?

  With a beloved parable like the Good Samaritan we easily neglect the stories’ context: “A legal expert stood up to test Jesus. ‘Teacher,’ he said, ‘what must I do to gain eternal life?’ Jesus replied, ‘What is written in the law? How do you interpret it?’ He responded, ‘You must love the Lord your […]

What are your rules for living?

Jesus traveled throughout Galilee, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness among the people. (Matthew 4:23)   Have you ever noticed how Jesus always seemed to be giving away free healthcare?    Jesus called the Twelve together, gave them power and authority… and sent […]