Sometimes, it’s hard to love. At church today we continued learning about loving others. As the pastor put it, Jesus commands us to extend the “heavyweight” … Continue reading Love, the only measuring stick that matters
I don’t know that I want to be known as a “Christian” anymore. I don’t want to be part of a culture better known for scorn than for love. The Jesus that I know, the one whose words are etched red across the pages of my Bible, shared love and mercy to sinners and saved his scorn for those who thought they were “better than.” I’ve been part of the Christian “better than” crowd, and I’m pretty much done with all that finger pointing and yelling about Christian “rights” and all the screaming about sins because I realize that I … Continue reading Unwrapping Jesus
I didn’t go to church today. I didn’t go last week, either. The truth is, I’m feeling a little bit like an outcast who has been wallowing with the lipsticked pigs — not at my church, specifically…but in the Church in general. Something in the American church is desperately missing, and I’m part of the problem. Many people I’ve run into are attracted to Jesus…but they don’t want to have anything to do with “Christians” or with “religion” or “church.” And many people brought up in Christian homes desert the church as they leave home. Why? Remember those bracelets all the kids used to wear that … Continue reading People Are Living Under The Bridge While I Sit In Traffic
I belong to no political party. The Republicans think they own me because I supported Governor Mike Huckabee eons ago. Yet they are wrong. Republicans do not speak for me. Democrats do not speak for me. If I were to lump myself into a crowd, I’d choose the Jesus Party. My political platform is taken from the words of Jesus Himself: Matthew 7:12 “Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.” If I drew a Venn diagram of the platforms of … Continue reading True Freedom
Representative Steve Cohen of Tennessee today compared Obama to Jesus and Sarah Palin to Pontius Pilate. Barack Obama was a community organizer like Jesus…. Pontius Pilate was a governor. Let’s begin this discussion by figuring out what, exactly, is a community organizer, and what did Obama do in that capacity? An entire website devoted to community organizing defines it this way: Community organization is that process by which the people…organize themselves to ‘take charge’ of their situation and thus develop a sense of being a community together. It is a particularly effective tool for the poor and powerless as they … Continue reading Jesus…a community organizer?