A New Beginning

Then [Jesus] began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” (Luke 4:21) We are people of the promise.  God promises eternal peace and gladness, justice and healing.  He promises to turn our sorrow into joy, our weakness into strength, and even our death into life.  Following Jesus means to…

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A Constructive Minority

Democracy is at once a gift and an achievement.  Our forebears have given us the gift of freedom and equality, but in each generation we are charged with maintaining and perfecting that gift. When we govern ourselves, we do so by giving voice to a wide array of perspectives and interests.  We speak our minds,…

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Being Spiritual. Together.

Following Jesus is a group project.  It is not a solo performance.  Nothing illustrates this more clearly than our practice of baptism. Let’s think about this together by considering three basic things about baptism: Piero della Francesca’s “Baptism of Christ” Baptism makes us a radically new kind of person. Baptism is the beginning of a…

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Looking for God

The Wise Men followed a star for what I imagine was hundreds, maybe even thousands of miles.  Their destination was a person, not a geographical location. When we travel to some place, we consider driving or flying.  We browse flight schedules or check maps.  Getting from point A to point B involves changing our location,…

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