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When Jewish identity, and thus Christian identity, is anchored in the story of liberation from bondage. In his farewell sermons, Moses repeatedly urged the Jewish people: Remember, you were slaves in Egypt before God set you free. Remember, and act … Continue reading
When I began reading the Bible as a youth I often wondered about the reason for “the Begats” in Genesis 5 and 11 and again in Matthew 1. For years I rushed superficially through them to get on to the … Continue reading
Sometimes, it’s the kids who see most clearly. We who are older become accustomed to compromises and hypocrisies because that’s just the way life works. But then a kid reads the Gospel and asks about the audacious words written there. … Continue reading
Sermon for the ordination service of Andreas Beccai at the Volunteer Park Adventist Church in Seattle. September 8, 2018 The movie opens with a panoramic shot of wilderness. It’s a wide valley, a sea of yellow and brown grass stretching … Continue reading
Let me not to the marriage of true minds Admit impediments. Love is not love Which alters when it alteration finds, Or bends with the remover to remove: O no! It is an ever-fixed mark That looks on tempests and … Continue reading