Lord, have mercy: This is going to be very controversial.
“Oh really?” I am willing to bet this was Judas’ thought when Jesus rebuked him here. Judas rebukes a woman pouring perfume on Jesus just days before His death, perfume that cost literally a year’s worth of wages. Judas claims that the money for the perfume could have been given to “the poor.” But Judas also regularly dips into the poverty fund for himself, making it obvious that this is more about greed and self-importance than helping anyone.
Can I just ask a question? Just one question. Why are Christians called to do good things? Most of us have a pretty good understanding of what doing good things is not supposed to do: save us, earn a justified place in living with God, etc. But what are good things supposed to do, instead? I’ve only… Continue reading Why Not Revenge?
I found, as I spoke through the passion that God gave me to understand Creation Care and the Church’s necessary role in that, that I am still obviously processing through what it means to be not just a personally responsible steward, but what it will take to encourage Christian unity behind the issue. And I also found just how much raw passion, excitement, and experience is already ripening among the Church’s members to work together; how that interdependent reality of Nature is reflecting and reflected by the interdependent identity of the Church and her members.
Often times, we find it quite easy to get on with our lives by referring to those things that have hurt us as “the past.” “I’m done with him, he’s the past.” “I don’t want that, it’s old and outdated.” Usually, I find these statements just fine. There’s good in tossing something that’s broken, or… Continue reading The Sunrise of “Past”
I have a lot of friends, from all kinds of branches. And I’ve had them for many years. I’ve frequented numerous churches, can worship somewhat comfortably in almost any style, and love to see diversity in a congregation. And it’s led me on quite an internal journey: how can I have all of these friends… Continue reading The Charity of Conscience
Man, I love them Orthodox peeps. From the beginning of our Faith, as more and more people starting reading the Scriptures, more and more people had to become accustomed to them, and some hardly knew how to do that. Theologians and scholars (mostly bishops and priests) tried to examine the text not only to see… Continue reading Growing Orthodox Roots
I like the idea. What say you? –Michael+
God created Earth. He created us. He told us to keep it until the New Heavens and New Earth are brought. By ignoring environmental causes, are we evangelicals actually trying to usurp God’s authority to do what he planned for the end of the Earth?
A thought-provoking concept, to be sure. And my friend posed just that question in discussing the legitimacy of Israel committing at least some form of “genocide” on people in order to establish the land of Israel. Was it really genocide? Personally, I felt those people just happened to be dwelling there, and the account of… Continue reading Established by Living through Death?