SEEING JOSEPH IN JESUS

When Jesus told the parable of the Prodigal Son—likening God to the patient and merciful father who took back his son even after the boy had demanded his inheritance in advance and then squandered everything on wild living—had Jesus seen this kind of love and forgiveness by Joseph in response to one or more of …


A NEW UNITED METHODISM?

A lot has happened in the ten days (has it really only been ten days?) since the 2019 United Methodist General Conference ended in St. Louis, Missouri.  A Conference, called in the hope of finding a way forward for the UMC, one that might soften or remove entirely language speaking about “the practice of homosexuality,” …


Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus

When my two daughters were small and there were storms at night, one or the other would inevitably awaken and come running down the hall to our bedroom, crying, “Daddy, Daddy, I’m scared of the storms!” We had a small couch in our room, and I would make a little bed for them. I’d sit …


THE WIND AND THE WAVES OBEY HIM

One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” So they put out, and while they were sailing he fell asleep. A windstorm swept down on the lake, and the boat was filling with water, and they were …


FROM SERIES: “UNFINISHED: THE LIFE OF ABRAHAM”

If you drive through a large US city and pass a church, a mosque, and a synagogue, the worshippers inside of every one of them see themselves as children of Abraham. Three of the world’s largest religions, the majority of the world’s population, look to Abraham as the father of their faith. Too often, when …