May 23, 2019

Richard Beck on Weakness and the Spirit

Note from CM: Thanks to Richard Beck for his series on Paul and the Law at his blog, Experimental Theology. Here is a tremendously insightful post on Paul’s concept of “the flesh” that opens the door, in my view, for a much richer, deeper, and broader understanding of salvation. • • • Richard Beck on […]

Damaris Zehner: Evangelizing in a Time of Collapse

Evangelizing in a Time of Collapse Damaris Zehner The Church’s task is to make the Good News attractive and comprehensible to our audience, and that activity changes with time and place. Because what people believe about the world around them will affect how they hear the Gospel, there are two challenges to all of us […]

Sundays in Easter: The Very Good Gospel (6)

When Jesus talked about witness, he referred to our being his witnesses. We are to be his evidence as we show the world that the Kingdom of God has come. • Lisa Sharon Harper • • • On Sundays in Easter, we are hearing from Lisa Sharon Harper about The Very Good Gospel: How Everything […]

Sundays in Easter: The Very Good Gospel (5)

Shalom says we all are connected. Every relationship created by God is strung together in a web of intimate relationships. To affect one is to affect all. So when our distrust of God leads us to separate ourselves from God, we also are separated from ourselves. We govern ourselves in our own ways, not in […]

Sundays in Easter: The Very Good Gospel (4)

God is our home, and from birth to death, the whole of our lives is a journey to return home. • Lisa Sharon Harper • • • On Sundays in Easter, we are hearing from Lisa Sharon Harper about The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong Can Be Made Right. Her book is about the […]

Sundays in Easter: The Very Good Gospel (3)

Sin is not about the personal imperfection of the self. Rather, sin is any act that breaks any of the relationships God declared very good in the beginning. • Lisa Sharon Harper • • • On Sundays in Easter, we are hearing from Lisa Sharon Harper about The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong Can […]

Sundays in Easter: The Very Good Gospel (2)

This is the promise of Genesis 1. The darkness is limited by the light. Suffering is not in perpetuity. The light may take generations to come, but it will come. There is always hope. • Lisa Sharon Harper • • • On Sundays in Easter, we are hearing from Lisa Sharon Harper about The Very […]

Sundays in Easter: The Very Good Gospel (1)

Shalom is the stuff of the Kingdom. It’s what the Kingdom of God looks like in context. It’s what citizenship in the Kingdom of God requires and what the Kingdom promises to those who choose God and God’s ways to peace. • Lisa Sharon Harper • • • On Sundays in Easter, we will hear […]

Breviary on the Beatitudes

Matthew 5:1-12, Kingdom NT When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the hillside and sat down. His disciples came to him. He took a deep breath, and began his teaching: “Blessings on the poor in spirit! The kingdom of heaven is yours. “Blessings on the mourners! You’re going to be comforted. “Blessings on the […]

Sermon: It’s hard to live in a world where life isn’t fair

SERMON: Matthew 20:1-16 ‘For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the […]