Paul, Jail time, and Super- Apostles?

After a severe beating, what gives Paul the strength to sing and pray while shackled to the floor of a Philippian Jail?  Is Paul a Super-Apostle?  What lifts us up, when  oppression, injustice and evil push us down?   “When Paul and Silas had been severely beaten, the authorities threw them into prison and ordered […]

Jeff Sessions, Lydia, MLK, and the Bible

This week Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, spoke “to our church friends” reminding the nation of Paul’s injunction to “obey the government.”  Sessions did not keep on reading in Romans 13, where he might have heard Paul call us “to pay taxes” or to the deepest moral law  to “love our neighbors as ourselves”. Now, how […]

A prayer for the Way Forward

As a people of the cross and the flame, we face a profound choice. We can stand with the legalists or literalists, or we can follow the Spirit who leads us into all truth. We can cling to the letter that kills, or be renewed by the Spirit who gives life. (2 Corinthians 3) Let […]

People, what are you doing?

Marcus Borg guesses that about a third of Christians like the Apostle Paul, a third hold a mixed view, and a third dislike Paul. Should we take a show of hands? Maybe a vote on Barnabas, who traveled with Paul. How can you dislike one named “son of encouragement?” Borg believes many Christians misunderstand Paul. […]

Sent- “The Lord be with You!”

Sent on a Spiritual Journey into the World!   Back before cell phones, wifi, or even cable TV, we got bored every summer.  We invited fun. playing home-run derby with a wiffle-ball or riding our bikes over a little ramp through the sprinkler like Evel Knievel. One day, we were all down at Joey’s when […]