Shavuot, holiday commemorates revelation at Sinai when the Jews were chosen by God to receive the Ten Commandments, will commence Tuesday evening. This idea, that the Jews are the chosen people, is one of the most misunderstood concepts in history.
With a myriad of voices competing for the decisions we make each day, how do we distinguish God's voice from all the others? Throughout my life I've asked four questions that have helped me to discern. I believe they must be asked in tandem, though, never one without the others.
"God is not interested in morality or family values or issues. ... God is interested in reckless, transforming, surprising, undeserved, eternal, unconditional, socially unacceptable love for all sons and daughters."
I met her once, but I already knew her. Roula Ayoubi was that distinctive voice I heard countless times on the BBC's Arabic Service newscasts reporti...
Stanley Hauerwas reluctantly defines Christianity and talks about the signs of a baptized life and identity.
There may be different ideas of who can claim to be speaking as a Christian, but one of the things that has to be at the center of all definitions is that we are called to love the world as God so loved the world. Jason deserves better than he has gotten from a lot of so called Christians.
The Coptic Church is the West's last link to an early form of Christianity, and to a tradition of eremitical life that has all but disappeared from the modern world. Copts remind us of what Egypt means as a repository of all that the West holds dear in terms of thought, culture and civilization.
Contrary to popular belief, quality is not quantity's illegitimate child. Is it not better to have a congregation of 300 committed Christians than a stadium-sized assembly of 30,000 churchgoers who are there to be served rather than to serve?
No epiphany, just a slow, pondering assessment of my failure to do what I perceived at the time as obeying God. Was He telling me something I didn't want to hear? I set aside my agenda and began to explore.
Here we are, Black American church folk and Shabbat observing Jews. We are the children of those who suffered in the sweltering house of bondage. And many of us have become Pharaohs.
I know in my heart and in my cells that we are going to make it. It will happen. Right here in Minnesota, there will be marriage equality.
While it is easy to dismiss Pat for just being Pat, the reality is that he has a microphone through his television show, which many people hear and take seriously. Voices like his need to be called out for adding nothing but hateful rhetoric and divisiveness into conversations about religion.
To arm ourselves to the teeth and make self-protection our greatest value makes it harder to love, at least to love those most different from us. The result could be our inability to be swept into the breadth and fullness of love residing in the heart of God.
Extending an invitation, setting up an appropriate site, preparing food and drink, and planning a program at home are all aspects of home-based hospitality that translate very well into church-based hospitality.
Young, hip pastor, Mark Driscoll was speaking at a major evangelical conference recently when he said, "I know who made the environment. He's coming back and he's going to burn it all up. So yes, I drive an SUV." His words suggest a throwaway theology that sees the created world as disposable.
I've heard much about Thailand from missionaries over the years. However, on a recent visit one question kept surfacing: After all the people, money and years, why is the Christian mission here so small?