Thoughts on the Prophets and Jesus

Studying the Hebrew prophets is a regular act of realizing that, as Abraham Heschel addressed, distinguishing between the pathos of the prophet & the pathos God is often impossible. In Jeremiah, for example, it can be unclear if it is Jeremiah who is weeping for his people or God.

The Signs of the Kingdom

The disciples of John the Baptist came to him and said, “We were sent by John to ask you, ‘Are you the One? Or should we look for another?’”

What Jesus looked like [A Guided Tour]

This is a guest post by my good friend, musician and author, Callen Clarke: When I was a kid, I asked my mom what Jesus looked like. This is the picture she showed me.

Mammon

Wealth and success atone for all wickedness of word and action in a society that worships Mammon, the god of riches. 

E. Stanley Jones: The Sermon on the Mount, Creeds, and Christianity

E. Stanley Jones was a Methodist missionary and theologian. He is most well known for his work in India and, espeically, his friendship with Gandhi.  He has many well known works in missionary, theological, and Methodist circles, including The Christ on the Indian Road, which sold over 1 million copies. One of his works that has been formative for me is The …

The Temptation to Be Powerful – Henri Nouwen

One of the best books I’ve ever read on ministry and leadership is In The Name of Jesus by Henri Nouwen.  I was introduced to it sometime in the early 1990’s, and it has been work to which I have returned regularly.  As Nouwen’s words have often been timely and good reminders for me, I thought I would share some of this thoughts on power …

Fear, Wisdom, and Love (a post from November 2015)

I told someone a few weeks ago that we could probably expect an increase in extremist attacks outside of the Middle East, and that, unfortunately, there would likely be attacks tied to refugees from Syria. Already, as I said it, there was the growing rumble of fear here in the U.S. regarding refugees, and my own concern was that if/when …

Jesus and the Clinton-Trump Decision

When the day came, the Republicans and Democrats came to test him, and they asked him: “Rabbi, tell us who you are voting for. ” “Why do you ask me who I am voting for?”, he asked.

My Conversation with Jesus about Donald and Hillary

I’ve wanted to get Jesus’ opinion about the U.S. Presidential election, so I put it on my schedule to get together with him about it.  The plan was to have a conversation right after lunch.  As is usual, when I finally had a chance to talk, he answered, and I could tell that he was out of breath.  It’s like he …

Where Jesus Lived

Though, according to the Gospels, Jesus’ childhood was in Nazareth, his home as an adult was in Capernaum, located on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee.  

The Nine: Overcoming ISIS

Please watch this video, all of it. It is the story of followers of Jesus who have seen the evil of DAESH (ISIS) directly. Hear their stories and listen to their response.