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Even in a time when many people don't know much about the Bible, it's a verse a lot of us know by heart. We don't even have to recite it; just the reference will do: "John 3:16." The evangelically-minded hold up the reference on painted signs at football games. It suggests the heart of the Christian message, summarizing what God did in Jesus. "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life." The short form: "God so loved the world." That pretty much says it all, doesn't it? It's the good news in a nutshell.Read full transcript...
I grew up under the shadow of a punishing image of God: the angry father, the dominating lord, the sovereign judge who would tolerate no dissent or disobedience. It has been a long journey for me to let go of such a toxic, idolatrous deity.
In our blog post every Monday we select a reading from the Revised Common Lectionary for the upcoming Sunday, and pair it with a Frederick Buechner reading on the same topic. On March 16, 2014 we will celebrate The Second Sunday in Lent.
Dr. Benjamin Pratt shares a free-verse poem, capturing the happiness we find in helping others.
Abram left his homeland on a promise and a prayer. God called. Abram went. The Biblical text makes it seem so simple. There are no signs of struggle or doubt. There is no grief over what is left behind, only the forward look toward a new land and a new future. Leaving home for Abram seems so easy.
Anyone who knows me knows that I take Lent seriously. Lent is a defining part of my life, shaped by practice and discovery over time. In college, I started 'giving up things' which marked the beginning of my reLENT list. Every year I would add an additional item to give up.
Despite our cultural differences, the Rev. Waters and I are both seeking ultimate meaning in a world that tries with all its might to distract us with secondary meanings.
Scientists used to claim baldness was due to one’s mother’s genetic makeup, but now they are unsure. Baldness could be the next step in our evolution from a furry ape.
When I stop being distracted enough to really think about where I'm going and the direction I'm travelling, I do much better. Life is more than a journey. Life is a journey in the right direction.
This reading by Frederick Buechner from Whistling in the Dark was delivered on the Chicago Sunday Evening Club TV program.
Sometimes when none of our options appear great, when we don't see a clear way forward, and when tension mounts on all sides, the very best thing we can do is just to turn ourselves and our situation over to God and God's care