Blessed are the peacemakers- being mistaken for the Children of God

I awoke at 3am, perhaps, because of the NYT interactive graphic “477 Days, 521 Mass shootings, Zero Action from Congress”  I read before bed. Unable to return to sleep, I went and dusted off a sermon from 2015.   Sadly, it was easy to rework it for another shooting.   I awoke grieving for Las Vegas, […]

They grumbled against the…

Jesus’ parables weave a rich tapestry of truths.  What does it mean that Jesus answered tough questions and unpacked theological truths with a stories instead of an extended list of rules?  When the religious experts sought to define, “who is my neighbor?”, Jesus used the image of a rival Samaritan clan as the Good Neighbor […]

What does this mean? remembering

With more luck than planning, we visited Gettysburg on the 150th anniversary of the battle, arriving early enough to park in the closest parking lot. The next day, we celebrated the Fourth of July in Philadelphia, toured Constitution Hall, and saw the Liberty Bell through the glass wall. We then drove to New York City, […]

Everyday Ethics and a Grand Purpose

What are your everyday ethics?  What metrics guide your daily living? Paul’s letters often offer little passages dedicated to everyday ethics. You might think of these passages as “Checklist for Christian living,” or “Christian Rules to Live By” or a “Jesus’ daily metrics” Our passage in Romans’ 12 revolves around Jesus’ Great Commandment Part B: “Loving […]

Jesus and DACA

Professing to follow Jesus means we strive to see the world through Jesus’ eyes.  We put on our Jesus Glasses.  The Gospel becomes a corrective lense testing and adjusting our political vision.  Some policies may elledue clear Christian ideals, but Jesus speaks clearly in regards to  “Dreamers” or any policy on DACA (Deferred Action for […]

Jesus, keys, and “loosening” power: beyond a theology of “no”!

Once upon a time, near a wide spot in a Tennessee road, lived Mrs. Grace. For forty three years Anna Grace taught algebra and calculus at the high school and played the piano every Sunday at a her little Methodist church. One afternoon Mrs. Grace dropped by church to get ready for choir rehearsal and […]