Never Alone 1

This is an unpublished essay I wrote a few years back and want to post it this and next week while we are in Italy wandering from one Tuscan village to another. Enjoy… Never Alone “…the truth that reading and its necessary twin, writing,constitute not merely an ability but a power.”— Jacques Barzun “Every old [Read More...]

A Brother’s Wisdom 87

James explores healing through prayer and anointing. What he urges, and here we clearly hear resonances of faith in James 1:6-8, is to pray in faith — to pray trusting that God can heal and that God will heal. Here are James’ words: And the prayer offered in faith will make them well; the Lord [Read More...]

The Church: Does it Matter 3 (Mary Veeneman)

Another post from my colleague, Mary Veeneman, based on a book by Harper and Metzger. Let’s hear what you are thinking about church discipline. When I was in college, I had a professor who had previously been a full-time pastor.  In a discussion on ecclesiology one day in class, the subject of church discipline came [Read More...]

Beginning with God 1

A wonderful German scholar once said, “The first and the final thought of Jesus was thought about God.” (I translate.) That theologian, Adolf Schlatter, gets it exactly right: what you think of God matters most. So I want to begin a new series and we’ll use James Bryan Smith, The Good and Beautiful God: Falling [Read More...]


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