Outsiders are In

July 1, 2018
How do we, as followers of Jesus, respond to our government’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy?  The lesson from Jesus’ parable of the great feast is that there are no reserved tables for honored insiders at the messianic banquet. Insiders who send their regrets are out and outsiders are in. Before relating that to the immigration policies of nation-states, we will want to take a hard look at the welcome mat of our churches. Do we actually welcome everyone? While our government cannot imagine the kind of radical welcome that Jesus proposes, we can at least insist that we follow the rule of law and show compassion by not separating children from parents when families that cross our borders seeking asylum.


Atonement Theology 101

June 17, 2018
Summary: Like me, many get a little queasy with some of the bloody atonement language in our Christian hymns and liturgies. It fails to communicate but, even worse, it can…


Sabbath Justice

June 10, 2018
Summary: The issue underlying Jesus’ dispute with the Pharisees regarding Sabbath laws is similar to the controversy over American immigration laws today. Laws that are supposed to protect and provide…
Summary: Nicodemus is an enigma. Is he a spiritual seeker or a spy sent by the religious leaders to see what he could find out? We don’t know. It’s telling…


Interpreting the Bible

May 13, 2018
Summary: How do we reconcile violence in the Bible with our commitment to the Bible as our authority for life and faith? Part of the answer is the recognition that,…
Summary: Studying a foreign language is analogous to delving into the strange world of the Bible, written in different languages and cultures through thousands of years. In this respect, our…
Summary: Walking together on the endless road of engaging the Bible in response to the constantly changing challenges of our time means not treating the Bible like a one-size-fits-all instructional…
Summary:  Praying that God will forgive us as we forgive others is not a kind of quid pro quo, one thing in exchange for another. God is not in the…
Summary:  All churches are wounded in various ways and we all have the capacity to be healing communities. As church members we take risks when we open ourselves to each…
Summary:  What especially complicates following Jesus for us is how entwined American Christianity has become with American culture. The “black lives matter” movement reminds us that this includes the specter…