The Dispute Over Greatness

One of the great old comic strips that is still going strong today is the cute family strip, The Family Circus. Most of the time the kids there say cute things and do cute things, but they are not perfect. Sometimes one of the parents confronts all the kids at once, wondering which one madeContinue reading “The Dispute Over Greatness”

Jesus, the True Vine

We’re going to talk about “Jesus the True Vine” which reminds me of vineyards, which reminds me of wine. I found recently some good jokes involving wine which for some reason are called “Dad Jokes about Wine” which I find kind of insulting, as if dads are the only ones who tell bad jokes. AsContinue reading “Jesus, the True Vine”

Joining God in the Whole Life Journey

It was January, 1985. I was among a group of seminary students who were farther along in their studies than me. I was able to take this little “January-Course” (or “J Course” as it was called) because, unlike other first-year students, I had already studied Greek. This J-Term class was about “religion and drama.” WeContinue reading “Joining God in the Whole Life Journey”

Endurance

There was a time about eight years ago that, while I was studying the Bible, I noticed time after time that different New Testament authors kept mentioning one word – a Greek word translated usually into our word “endurance,” but sometimes translated into the word “perseverance” or the word “steadfastness.” I began to realize thatContinue reading “Endurance”

Ash Wednesday and Justice

Today marks a worldwide observance among the majority of Christians, called Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of the Lenten season that culminates in Easter Sunday. Irenaeus of Lyons was one early Church leader who wrote about the observance of Lent as it existed in the second century. Socrates and many others wrote of the ChristianContinue reading “Ash Wednesday and Justice”