Wisdom from above is . . . full of mercy and good fruits
We've taken the part of Bartimaeus, singing "I was blind, but now I see." We've taken on the work of Jesus, healing outcasts. But what about the crowd? What's its role in this story? We should be clear about that, because those folks say some of the most encouraging words in all Scripture: Take Heart, Get Up; He is Calling YOU.
Added by Becky on October 28, 2012 at 1:56pm — No Comments
Being charitable makes us feel great about what we can do for others. Doing justice heals the world for everyone. The first is great, but the second is what Jesus calls his followers to be about. However, as R.G. Lyons, a remarkable young Methodist pastor from Birmingham, noted to me, it's easy to move from selfishness to charity; the much longer journey is From Charity to…Continue
Added by Becky on October 21, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments
Faith doesn't save us FROM evil, it frees us FOR living the gospel. That's what my beloved professor and mentor, Walt Bouman, used to teach. So much of Christian theology is mired in saving our sorry behinds from the devil or some other fearsome thing, but Jesus didn't teach fear. Jesus taught freedom - freedom to live hopefully, with compassion, so that God's will is done on earth just as it is in heaven. To live in fear is to waddle; to live in freedom is to fly. So, what do we…Continue
Added by Becky on October 14, 2012 at 9:30pm — No Comments
"Come to me, all you who are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will refresh you." These are some of the most enticing, beloved words Jesus ever uttered. We want them to be true, but then we arrange lives that are so worldly and complex we become exhausted. Maybe we should consider What Walking the Dog Can Teach Us about walking with God.