Red Mics & Green Mics: The Importance Of Debate In A Healthy Faith

Red Mics & Green Mics: The Importance Of Debate In A Healthy Faith

That is why I was horrified by what happened at the 2017 General Assembly in Indianapolis, Indiana. No, there were no knock-down, drag-out debates over hot-button resolutions. No there was no cat calling or booing of speakers from red, green, or white microphones (that I witnessed, at least). In fact, my disappointment came from the exact opposite: there was very little to no opposition to most of the resolutions. Many of the resolutions on behalf of positions of social justice and progressive faith causes went virtually unopposed.

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Facing Up To It

Facing Up To It

There are two of these deeper understandings of Holy Week that arise in my heart and my mind that, while vastly different from each other in nature, are nonetheless interconnected and palpably powerful for me in my current ministry.  One has to do with the reasons why Jesus was executed and the other involves what the Church must do in order to have new life.  Both, while seemingly unlike each other, require the faithful to not simply acknowledge systemic injustice but understand and engage in seeking justice in profound new ways.  Both demand that we let go of the purely individualistic and oftentimes passionately held view of Holy Week as affecting us personally and allowing its meaning to broaden into the purpose and future of our communities and the world around us.

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Table-Ordained Historians!

Table-Ordained Historians!

Bringing to our minds the captivating vision of Ezekiel, Jesus expects our shared memories to reattach sinew on bone, to pulse blood through veins once empty,  to fill our lungs with air, and to electrify neurons with Holy Spirit Power. No, this is no dusty book reminiscence of golden age memories, but a call to allow what we remember to change the very way we live. And Jesus expects us to do the same with the saints of God!

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Equality With God?: A Response To Charlottesville

Equality With God?: A Response To Charlottesville

 

I do not respond to the challenges to my white identity, white privilege, white power in this society with resentment, a sense of inconvenience, or violent vengeance for many different reasons, but first and foremost because I have given my life to Christ, a humble and serving incarnation of the One who created all things, enlivens all things, and redeems all things. 

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The Incarnation Of Resurrection

The Incarnation Of Resurrection

The journey of Jesus Christ through Holy Week, climaxing in his stepping from the tomb fully embodied AND fully sacred, demands of us to accept more completely that God did not come into the world to condemn the world – our bodies included – but in order to save the world through God’s very body in Jesus the Christ.   Resurrection is the ultimate act of incarnation – the Body Of Christ becoming the living Body Of God for all times, all places, all peoples.

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Faithful Finances & Sacred Stewardship

Faithful Finances & Sacred Stewardship

I believe that God is working powerfully through the Christian Church (Disciples Of Christ) Capital Area to care for our congregations and pastors; to train, equip, inspire, and network people of faith; to discern, support, and assess those called into ministry; to connect the local church with the universal church; and to manage and sustain our camp and conference ministries.  However, *how* we do this is never static, and must be evaluated and renewed as situations and circumstances change.

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