Earlier this summer I attended a church service where the pastor, a man struggling with what appears to be his final bout with cancer, preached about the hope that Jesus promises to those who trust in him. After describing the returning Jesus brandishing a sword and dripping with the blood of all our vanquished enemies, he invited the audience to share what they saw as the hope that this Jesus promises. The responses ranged from no cancer, to no pain, to no worries about paying the bills, to the promise of an upgraded body -- all of course in heaven someday after we die. The congregation was encouraged to find contentment in the present from the possibility of realizing these promises someday. Our souls are what matter; the body just has to endure until our souls reach heaven. No mention of help with how to pay this month's rent or what it means for a cancer-ridden body to be the temple of the Holy Spirit, just the spiritual promise that someday all will be well.
[Editors' note: During the season of Lent we will be posting excerpts from the Rediscovering Values Lenten Study Guide. We invite you to study God's word with us through these posts.]
Almost three weeks ago I stopped eating and started fasting, calling people of faith and conscience to do the same.
President Barack Obama's decision to veto the February 18 U.N.
Many members of Congress and their staffers have had friends and loved ones call to check on their personal safety.
I've been getting into trouble lately.
We live in a world full of pain and injustice; there is no getting around that fact.
This Saturday, we commemorate the ninth anniversary of 9/11.