His Greatest Imprints (by Jonathan Storment)

Time for our readers to offer a big congrats to Jonathan and Leslie for the arrival of their 4th child! If you aren’t from Churches of Christ, then you probably haven’t heard of the Siburt family, but inside the tribe I belong to, they are like the Graham family of our movement.  Specifically Charles Siburt, [Read More…]

A Special Sunday Around Here

Today is a special day for our home, a day we can call Jesus Creed Sunday. The lectionary’s Gospel today is from Matthew 22: When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which commandment in the [Read More…]

Jesus Creed: For the Whole Church

Some of you know our Jesus Creed project now can tap into all the major ages of church ministry: children, teens, adults, and a daily devotional, as well as Paraclete’s fine production of a CD for Sunday School classes. Some 4000 churches have used one or more of these dimensions of the Jesus Creed. Recently, [Read More…]

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…]