What would it look like to lift up God’s Word in our heart rather than fossilizing it in our laws?
Can we call out wrongdoing while still being loving?
Why are poor folks – the very people Jesus came to share the good news with – leaving the church?
Hatred often begins in a situation in which there is contact without fellowship, contact that is devoid of any of the primary overtures of warmth and fellow-feeling and genuineness. Of course, it must be borne in mind that there can be an abundance of sentimentality masquerading under the cloak of fellowship. It is easy to have fellowship on your own terms and to repudiate it if your terms are not acceptable. It is this kind of fellowship that one finds in the South between whites and Negroes . . . When we give to the concept a wider application, it is clear that much of modern life is so impersonal that there is always opportunity for the seeds of hatred to grow unmolested. Where there are contacts devoid of genuine fellowship, such contacts stand in immediate candidacy for hatred. -Howard Thurman, Jesus and the Disinherited
God makes time for rest. Will we do the same?
Where we live has a profound effect on our identity. A child raised in the East Village will have a different outlook than one raised in East Texas. A person from Cairo, Egypt, will have a different perspective than one from Cairo, Missouri. Most of us know that and consider where we live to be an important part of our identity. What we may fail to consider is that we live not just in the physical world, but in the world of the spirit as well. This spiritual world of soul-influencers and intangible forces isn’t as easy to describe as our physical world, but it is just as real and has at least as powerful an impact in shaping who we are. Since navigating the spiritual landscape is one of the primary concerns of this blog, I’m going to do my best to describe the spiritual environment that I inhabit. My spiritual environment is isolating, ego-centric and individualistic. An implicit belief in meritocracy validates the status quo, hardening our hearts to the poor and training us …