Friends, I have some tough words to speak today. I fought doing it, but I can’t keep them to myself, and I have to trust that being charitable doesn’t mean hiding from concerns. I’ve written about translations before. It’s a complicated topic. No translation is perfect. No translation really ever will be. There will always… Continue reading Revealed: The Need for The Spirit
But there is hope for causes such as this, when the downtrodden are left in isolation, victimized by self-absorption and classified by presupposition. In my religious tradition, we identify that hope in Jesus of Nazareth, the Messiah. “For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me… Continue reading They May Seek The LORD (Where Should The Homeless Go? – Part 2)
‘All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.’ – 1 Cor. 12:11 Don’t look a gift-Spirit in the mouth. As mentioned in the last post, the argument negating the existence of any gifts so named in the Scripture, biblically speaking, seems a… Continue reading The Spirit’s Gifts
“But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it is said, ‘When he ascended on high he made captivity itself a captive; he gave gifts to his people.’” – Ephesians 4:7-8 Gracefully floating back down, your cape waves majestically. The ground is honored to host your presence. All is calm…but… Continue reading The Spirit of Gifts
When is a church not a “church”? When it’s by itself…
… I believe Characteristic #1 of the Present-Generation Church is “Ecumenical.” Those in my generation, mostly, see a great need to find common ground, a strong yearning for the fruit of a whole vine. Jesus was always sharing meals with people; even the ones society around Him thought were detestable, and would contaminate a person. Well, might I say that there’s no larger or better banquet than a potluck.
A two-edged sword, with blood of my tribes on its blade.