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 […]