In yesterday’s gospel reading, Jesus says, “And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either…Read more »
I’ve sensed for some time that the church of Jesus Christ today needs to rediscover a more robust, biblical understanding of grace. The lectionary readings for today give strength to that conviction. In 2 Samuel 7:14-15a, God says to David about his royal offspring, “I will become his father and he will become my son.…Read more »
I’ve heard the expression often over the years. Maybe you have too. We’re told that as followers of Jesus we’re to be “in the world, but not of the world.” Jesus used the metaphor of salt to convey the same idea: “You are the salt of the earth [i.e. in the world]. But if salt has…Read more »
Well, I got it wrong — twice. The first time was on Sunday. One of the illustrations I used during my sermon was something I was taught at a school bus defensive driving school several years ago. I learned that the key to keeping a straight line while driving backwards is keeping one’s focus on…Read more »
Jesus said, “Abide in me, and I will abide in you” (John 15:4). At least, that’s how I memorized this verse. I figured that if this was how a modern and erudite translation like the New Revised Standard Version rendered Jesus’ words, I couldn’t be too far off the mark. But now I’m beginning to wonder.
Maybe you heard or read this story in last week’s news. For me it’s an earthly glimpse into Trinitarian love and what it means to live out of our true glory: With two runners on base and a strike against her, Sara Tucholsky of Western Oregon University uncorked her best swing and did something she…Read more »
We’re all damaged goods. As the apostle Paul puts it, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Instinctively, we know we’re made to be glorious creatures. Instinctively, we also know that we fall short of that glory. Religion is our attempt to re-attain that glory. Religion is our…Read more »