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…]

Christians and Guns

Naturally there is nothing in the Bible about guns themselves, and there is little in scripture about rights, as we understand and claim them in America, including the right to bear arms (although a considerable amount about responsibilities). In the scriptural record, though, we can uncover two pertinent themes, both of which require some interpretation: righteous violence and radical pacifism. [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…]


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