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  • Who Is This?

    What Bonhoeffer said was the Christian's duty is to ask the question, "Who is Jesus Christ for us today?" That he is not merely some figure in the past. He is not a mascot to be name-dropped but not otherwise followed, not simply a figure who you claim to identify with but then ignore literally everything he had to say, everything he ever did, and everything he stood for. For Bonhoeffer, it was important to look at what Jesus had said and done and who he was and then say, "What does that mean for me?"

  • Jesus in a crowd

    Blaspheming the Holy Spirit

    So this is an interesting passage, to say the least. It is a passage that features something that biblical scholars call a “Markan sandwich.” This term is used because Mark […]

  • The Higher Law

    So, this is an interesting passage for a couple of reasons. One, it seems to feature roving bands of Pharisees who are treading through the grainfields of upper Galilee looking […]

  • In the Breaking of the Bread

    We did not have the happy privilege of being at the Empty Tomb, or in the Upper Room when Jesus appeared to the disciples, or among those to whom he appeared following his Resurrection. We are left with second-hand reports. The testimony and witness of others. Given all that, and given all the brokenness of the world, it can be hard to see Christ—or perhaps I should say, to recognize Christ in our midst. And yet, Luke tells us how it is that we—removed by countless generations—can yet know the risen Christ. Christ is made known in the breaking of the bread—in the communion, in fellowship and community, in hospitality and mutual caring, and in feeding the hungry.

  • Turning the World Upside-Down

    I. BEGINNING One of my favorite books as a kid—and still today—is the novel The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Toward the beginning, we encounter a character named Ford Prefect […]

  • The site of the nativity in the Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem, Palestine

    God With Us

    Most people encounter God through flesh and blood human beings.  A kindness offered.  A loving embrace.  A hand extended in help.  An arm to shelter and protect.  A mouth that speaks out for justice.  Eyes that see the dignity of each and every human being.  Ears that hear the cries of the needy.  Hearts that are warmed with compassion.  Shoulders that carry one another’s burdens.  It is in these very real flesh-and-blood ways, that God is incarnate with us, that God is encountered through us.