A Salt & Light Job Description: Reflections on Sunday’s scriptures, Matthew 5:13-16

“Have a nice day” is not the sort of thing Jesus ever said to anyone when leaving them or when they were leaving him. He said things like, “Go and sin no more,” or “Rise, take up your bed and walk,” and “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations . . .” In these verses (Matthew 5:13-16), he is saying, “Go, be salt and light.” Of course, lots of people, then and now, respond with, “Sorry, I have other plans.” [Read more...]

If Jesus Were on Facebook….Reflections on Matthew 5:1-12

I like Facebook, but I have somehow ended up with lots of friends I don’t even know. Maybe that’s how Jesus feels. Lots of people ask to be his friends, and when he confirms them, they never give him another thought. Lots of people claim to be his friends and really are barely acquainted with his life story and body of teachings, much less willing to live by them. [Read more...]

Level With Me: A Christmas Eve Meditation

Haven’t you ever wondered “What was God thinking? To take such a terrible risk? To become that vulnerable baby? Alyce McKenzie delivers a Christmas message to the Bell Ringers with the Salvation Army in Arlington, TX; a message that is for all of us, too. [Read more...]


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