We Are Wired To Be Social (RJS)

Many years ago I was with my then three-year-old daughter at a playground. We were hanging out and playing on the equipment (a far more elaborate set-up than the one shown to the right). Another parent showed up with two three-year-olds, one of them well known to my daughter. She happily went off to play [Read More...]

Women Ministers Loving the Enemy Challenge

What’s it like for a woman in ministry when it comes to the words of Jesus to love our enemies? What happens if some of the “enemies” are your parishioners? This post is by one of my friends, a female pastor, who met the challenge in a wonderful way. Loving indiscriminately becomes difficult when the [Read More...]

Jesus Creed for Lent

In the last few years a number of churches, from a variety of denominations, have used our 40 Days Living the Jesus Creed for Lent. So let me encourage you, if you are looking for ideas, to consider using Lent as a time to reflect on and pray about and practice loving God and loving others — [Read More...]

A Place at the Table

Last weekend, at the kind invitation of the leaders at New Covenant Fellowship (The Bridge) in Champaign IL, Kris and I traveled through the windy plains of central Illinois to do a Jesus Creed weekend. One of our home town friends, and someone I grew up (in church) with, Lorna Engels, planned, organized and … [Read More...]

Video for Jesus Creed

This is from Journey Church in San Diego and from Paraclete Press, but I wanted to repost this because I like them so much: And this older DVD promo: [Read more...]

Love Is the Name of the Game (RJS)

As I was preparing last week’s post A Conversation About Genesis, I came across the YouTube video of this extended reflection by Tom Wright put out by World Vision as part of a Faith Effect campaign in Australia. This is an excellent clip – well worth the 11 to 12 minutes or so it takes [Read More...]

Jesus Creed, the Harder Life

Time to return to the basics: Jesus reduced the Torah to its essence when a scribe asked him what the greatest commandment was. Jesus responded by saying there are two: Hear O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with [Read More...]

It Begins Here

Alan Jacobs, in his exceptional and wide-ranging book, A Theology of Reading, makes a simple point that has sent my mind reeling and my heart into confession and prayer — and some reflection on how wide-ranging the Jesus Creed can become. Here it is: genuine interpretation of another’s writing is an act of love or [Read More...]

Wearing the Jesus Creed

A pastor friend sent me this picture of one in his fellowship who has the Jesus Creed inscribed on the back of her coat. Cool. [Read more...]

Stress and the Jesus Creed (RJS)

A frequent reader sent me a link recently to a series of YouTube videos from a PBS special describing a body of research exploring the link between stress and human health (HT JG). One of the featured studies is a 30 year field study of a troop of baboons in Kenya led by Professor Robert [Read More...]


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