Luke 17:11-19 “Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude”

I sense that in this post-modern world, we need to cultivate this “attitude of gratitude” – not a hokey, Pollyanna approach to life, blind to evil and suffering and too syrupy for anyone with sense to stomach; but an attitude, a perspective, a basic stance concerning life that flows from the experience of God’s presence in our midst – a Presence perhaps standing at a distance to give us the space and freedom to choose – a Presence to be found in the beauty of nature, the compassion of our friend, the joy of a child, the face of one so different from us but who is also a daughter or son of God.  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