The idea of the Ethiopian eunuch is provocative. By definition, a eunuch was barred from worship in the Temple, yet he was going to worship. Who is excluded from our worshiping communities, real or perceived? Phillips example is one to be modeled — running toward, and not away from the curious. … [Read more...] about Follow the Verbs
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Today there are a lot of anxious and painfully sad people in our society and in our church, daily walking through what seems to be a long valley of shadows. Friends, you are not alone, and we're in this together. You belong. How can we extend God’s hand to connect with others in God’s healing grace … [Read more...] about When You Say Nothing At All
Here are the disciples, gathered together in a home in Jerusalem, trying to make sense of their world, which has been turned upside down. Then Jesus appears. While they are freaking out, Jesus made them a meal. In their anxiety Jesus sat with them and dwelt with them — we belong. Who can we sit with … [Read more...] about Eating With Ghosts
Think about it: anyone whose common nicknames include both “Saint Thomas” and “Doubting Thomas” has to be interesting, someone difficult to nail down, someone we all can relate to. But what do we really know about Thomas? Church tradition tells us that after Thomas had become convinced of Christ's … [Read more...] about In the Defense of Doubt
Growing up in church, we followed a distinct pattern: Believe, Behave, and Belong. This is not Jesus’ way. Examples from Scripture show the exact opposite. Jesus calls out to us to belong, learn how to be a Christian, then believe. Before anything we belong. … [Read more...] about Insider Knowledge