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Power of Imagination
Back to School
A Secular or Sacred Witness?
It is natural for people of faith to ally with secular organizations and approaches. We may even see the spirit of God in movements that bring life and hope.
The Ways of Shalom
These five weeks of passages extol the depth, breadth, and living power of shalom—the biblical peace for humanity and all that lives.
Not Drunk, Just Not Sober
Choosing to Love
Love binds and builds, heals and hallows, redeems and restores. A broken world can expect all this and more, say our Johannine scriptures, when God’s power courses mystically through human events. John 10 finds the shepherd Jesus foretelling self-sacrificial love for the sheep. In John 15, Jesus calls the faithful to be willing to lay down their lives for their friends.
1 John 4 focuses on the intimate nature of God’s love for us, which evokes our love for others, while the next chapter equates the love of God with keeping the divine commandments. On the stage of Acts 1, 4, 8, and 10, the fruit-bearing and inclusive nature of divinely inspired love is dramatized by the great cast that is the early church.
This month’s passages offer both a head-on command to love and a traveler’s guide to the nature of love itself. John makes up only 10 percent of the New Testament, yet it provides a full third of the references to love. “Love” appears in John more often as a verb than a noun. Feelings won’t suffice. Actions must prevail.
The Holy One leads us beside still waters and restores our souls, whether we are Gentiles, eunuchs, or the homeless of Detroit. This power of life originates from God in every moment, forming living, healthy relationships.
God chose to enter history and love us. We must choose to love others and head into a world that doesn’t like those who love unconditionally.
Peter's denials and Judas' betrayal foreshadow the reactionary horror to come.
Covenants order our lives, our faith communities, and, in the best of times, our nations. The promises and agreements God makes to us, and that we make to one another, are sometimes made binding by oaths or rituals. Sometimes God simply sends someone down from the mountain with a covenant fully formed and sealed.
Healing People, Healing Nations
Making a Movement
In Kashmir, Niger, Honduras, and parts of every U.S. city, the situation is urgent. Thankfully, so is God’s persistent love.
The Beauty of Justice
A People's Identity
Is Peace Realistic?
A Change is Coming
Watching for Seeds and Pearls
When the faithful welcome the breaking of Gods word into relationships, politics, and economics, hope arrives. Adopted as Gods sons and daughters, people begin to make the reign of God their greatest loyalty.
Laughable, Historic Hope
The most serious of events can seem, well, funny at the time. Encountering Gods transformative actions directly, the first human response can be to break down into laughter.