From the previously shared article: “Jesus’ cross is an invitation not a payment; insofar as it functions as a “payment,” its purpose is to invite us to stop justifying our sins and enter into honest, authentic communion with God. We are invited to join Jesus in the poverty of his cruciform death and resurrection. To embrace Jesus’ cross in its Continue Reading
This (the quote in the previous post) represents not any “rethinking” of Biblical theology, but a RECOVERY of what has been lost in our industrial/technological civilization, and, unfortunately submerged in Christian theology’s importing of civilizational values (aka in Scripture as “the world”).
“Worship is a symbiotic relationship between God and the worshipping community. God is giving and acting, and worshippers are responding in faith. Although the word ‘worship’ implies that it is predominantly about what we do, worship is really preeminently about what God is doing. God is actively present in all of God’s Trinitarian fullness—forgiving, offering God?s self in the proclamation Continue Reading
Why a Season of Creation? There are many reasons! Here [ is the 6th of ] seven of them: Sixth, because this season enables us to celebrate the many ways in which Christ is connected with creation. From the mystery of the incarnation to the mystery of a cosmic Christ who reconciles all things in heaven and Earth, we celebrate Continue Reading
Still going strong, and on the increase, as the physical and political and economic world around us disintegrates. A Facebook memory from 1 year ago:
In yet another long discussion in a group frequented by scores of vert conservative United Methodists, I spoke my mind. The numbers of people affected adversely by the consequences of the present administration and Congress FAR outstrip the harm done by the GLBTQ community (which , basically amounts to ZERO, even IF the sexual act itself is deemed improper —which Continue Reading
Why a Season of Creation? There are many reasons! Here [ is the 4th of ] seven of them: Fourth, because through worship we have an opportunity to come to terms with the current ecological crises in a spiritual way so as to empathize with a groaning creation. Worship provides a viable and meaningful way not only to include creation’s Continue Reading
Why a Season of Creation? There are many reasons! Here [ is #3 of ] seven of them: Third, because God has given us a creation to celebrate with! In recent years, much of humanity has viewed creation as a resource to be exploited rather than a mystery to be celebrated and sustained. The time has come not only to Continue Reading
Why a Season of Creation? (#2) Second, because we were created with the rest of nature. We came from Earth and we cannot survive without all that Earth provides. Just as Earth has creative powers, so Earth itself has restorative powers. Unless we have centered opportunities to express awareness of and gratitude for our dependence upon Earth and our relationship Continue Reading
“Why a Season of Creation? There are many reasons! Here are seven of them: First, because God is first and foremost the Creator of all of life. To fail to focus adequately on this dimension of God’s reality in worship is to fail to appreciate the fullness God’s work, and it is to narrow and diminish our relationship with God. Continue Reading
“the United States’ shunned the opportunity to take on any sort of leadership role over the looming problem of climate change, a reality so problematic that the Department of Defense is openly worried about the consequences. Instead, the U.S. banded with a small cadre of four oil-dominated nations (including Saudi Arabia) and objected to the recent damning UN climate report. Continue Reading
From my Facebook Memories, 2 years ago: It is just flat out gnosticism to suggest that there is ANYTHING that is off the table in the church that concerns the well-being of people, communities, or nations, or the earth. NOTHING. Gnosticism claims that we can keep our soul and body separate; that salvation is a “purely spiritual” matter (that phrase Continue Reading
Ubelievably good deal made by Reds (at least it appears so). Get rid Of Bailey (along with two prospects) , add Kemp, Puig, Lefty starter Wood (16-3, 2.72 in 2017, 9-7 3.68 last year, 11-11 2.78 for Braves in 2014, solid stats) and backup catcher Farmer.https://www.mlb.com/news/alex-wood-ready-to-be-key-member-of-reds-staff/c-302161538?tid=282421090&fbclid=IwAR1u2MCj-w5GYmPyDpvODS5IW1JKhpZhrTzx4CTFXFHGO8obc-DNsrhxn68
Christmas day will be the 7th since Dad died on that day, 2011.