Who, What, and When Am I?

Rabbi Hillel, who died about two decades before Jesus began his ministry, gave this summary regarding the preciousness of life: If I am not for myself, who is for me?If I care only for myself, what am I?If not now, when? There are many applications of the wisdom found in… Continue reading

The “Not Yet” of Panentheism

The word “pantheism” is comprised of two Greek words: pan (which means all or everything) and theism (which means belief in God). Pantheism asserts that God is everything and everything is God. God does not exist apart from the universe. In other words, God and the universe are identical. In… Continue reading

The Yoke That Fits

At seminary I was introduced to the writings of the German martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer. The first of his books I read was The Cost of Discipleship in which he exposed the dangers of what he called “cheap grace.” This term referred to the pseudo-gospel peddled by those who promise salvation… Continue reading

How Essential is the Sermon on the Mount?

The Sermon on the Mount (SOM) is regarded by biblical scholars as the greatest distillation of Jesus’ teachings. This collection of commandments, pithy sayings, and wisdom traditions are found in Matthew 5-7. Here we find challenge and comfort. We are confronted with the awesome demand for discipleship as well as… Continue reading

Is There a Straw That Can Break the Camel’s Back?

I am still astonished and appalled by the continuing support of so many white Evangelicals for Donald Trump. As I have written elsewhere, there is nothing about Trump which even remotely resembles the life, teachings, deeds, death, and resurrection of Jesus. How can anyone who claims to be a follower… Continue reading

Once to Every Man and Nation

James Russell Lowell wrote the following words: Once to every man and nation Comes the moment to decide, In the strife of truth and falsehood, For the good or evil side; Some great cause, some great decision, Offering each the bloom or blight, And the choice goes by forever ‘Twixt that darkness and that light.  Today, February… Continue reading

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