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May 16, 2022

Jesus commands us to love others “just a I loved you.” (John 13:34) We usually love with limits. There are certain people who are beyond love’s reach: the unrepentant, those who do not believe as we believe, and those who commit grievous sins that are beyond forgiveness. And yet, that is not how Jesus loves. His...


May 9, 2022

The Book of Revelation is a terribly misunderstood book. The images of death, destruction, and chaos are frightening – especially when used by preachers to frighten the faithful into more church attendance, giving, or volunteering. The question the terrifying images raises is not, “How can I avoid the struggle...


May 2, 2022

Saul (Paul) was a terrorist. Ananais was a coward. Simon Peter denied Jesus three times. Yet, all three are subjected to the power of the resurrection and are changed. What does the resurrection do, not just to Jesus a long time ago, but to us in this place and time? That is the question…


Apr 25, 2022

In the opening passages of the Book of Revelation, God is proclaimed as “the one who is, who was, and the one coming.” It is a play on the divine name, given to Moses – I AM. It seems like we are pretty good about thinking of the God who was – safely tucked away in history. We also like to think of God as a...


Apr 17, 2022

Suffering is part of the human condition. It is unavoidable. That knowledge does not help us face it. Most of us search for answers – especially from God – for the reason we suffer. Most answers are unsatisfactory – just ask Job. The cross is God’s answer to suffering. No words or theological formulations. On...