Early stages of spiritual growth require personal effort & choice. Mature spirituality is also intensely social for it is a life shared with all creatures in heaven and earth.
Dealing with the enduring legacy of historical sin, such as our treatment of marginalized peoples, can be overwhelming. But we are not alone, and we are not expected to go it alone. God in Christ has made us new, entrusted us and empowered us.
We can see that all is not okay in the world. Loving those in need has a way of creating within us a righteous discontent, causing us to seek causes and explanation; prompting us to see patterns and connections.
There are few more intimate connections than sharing the narrative of our lives with another person: our hopes, our struggles,… Read more Your Focus on Forgotten Spirits / Spiritual Meditations
We must be cautious in claiming that God is on our side on any issue. Yet, we must be motivated by faith to take the difficult stance even when the church’s moral witness is in process, unfinished, incomplete, and uncertain.
Paul declared, “if one member suffers, all suffer together with it” This is true both within and outside of the church. We live in an interconnected world. The struggles of our neighbors affect us.
We hear of child abduction and are unable to help. But your reaction to this worldwide crime can save a lost child without putting yourself at risk; it’s a crime hidden in plain sight.
Prejudice can target anyone different than us. Yet Jesus told a parable targeting those who are over confident in their own righteousness.
Reading the parable of the Good Samaritan, we typically vilify the priest and the Levite, yet we exhibit the same avoidance behavior regularly. How can we recognize and overcome our tendencies to ignore opportunities to show compassion?
No part of the Sermon on the Mount is more challenging than it’s teaching to love our enemies. Here are some tips to help you attain that love.