The Language of the Unheard

During these extraordinary days when racism is being exposed and challenged by demonstrations reflecting the truth that “Black Lives Matter,” Trump, his rabid followers, and (let’s be honest) many Whites have focused on the rioting that has accompanied some of the demonstrations. However, the truth about this rioting must be acknowledged. Continue reading

Luke 12:13 21 “Mismanaging a Miracle”

Jesus begins this parable with a statement of blessing– “A certain rich man’s lands brought forth bountiful crops.” The word used for “land” is not the usual term agros. No, the word used is chora  a term which means extensive holdings, as much as a whole district or region. So,… Continue reading

The Tenses of Salvation

He looked at me like I was speaking Greek—which I was. I could tell he was not satisfied with my answer. Perhaps he thought I was speaking in tongues. Of course, it was a smart aleck answer (I was only 25 years old and had had my fill of fundamentalist theology for the day). But it was also a biblical answer, and I think, a good answer. What I was asking the student was this: “Do you mean am I being saved, was I saved, or will I be saved?” Continue reading

The Last Judgment (Part Two)

Evil will not have the last word. There is no place in the New Heaven and the New Earth for those whose lives are defined by greed, violence, and idolatry. But God’s judgment is not for the purpose of punishing forever. God’s judgment is designed to set things right and to bring reconciliation and healing. Continue reading

The Last Judgment (Part One)

For most people, the primary emotion felt when they hear the words “the Last Judgment” is fear. Terrifying paintings and descriptions of that judgment dating from the Middle Ages have prepared generations of Christians to tremble when they think of that event. And in our own day, revivalist preachers have… Continue reading

The Economic Dimension of Racism

The last forty years have seen a growing inequality in income, wealth, and opportunity. The poor are getting poorer, and the middle-class is shrinking. But perhaps most alarming of all is the dangerous and tragic gulf between White people and people of color. Statistics can be boring, but they can… Continue reading

Mark 7:24-30 “The Woman Who Won an Argument with Jesus”

(This is a sermon I preached around twenty-five years ago in the beloved Wabash Christian Church which I was privileged to serve for ten and a half years. We’ve all come a long way since then, but I still feel this sermon has a needed message for the present moment… Continue reading