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...]

Jesus Creed for Students — Giveaway

Syler Thomas and Chris Folmsbee, both youth pastors, and I have combined to write a Jesus Creed book for students. This is a completely new book from anything I’ve written. It has been edited and edited to make it understandable and useful for students. Today we are making a very special offer. We are giving [Read More...]

Spirituality Assessment Tool

The following test is designed to work with my book, The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others. I am a bit of an assessment nut, so the test actually measures the degree to which readers begin to conform to what is written in the Jesus Creed (and the Companion Guide). I make no pretense that [Read More...]

The Cost of Reputation (RJS)

This week leading up to Christmas provides opportunity for another reflection – one related to the story and  discussion in Tuesday’s post (Discrimination?).  The sermon this last Sunday at our church was centered on the texts in Isaiah 7 and Matthew 1 … in particular the reaction of Joseph to the discovery that Mary was [Read More...]

A Nice Letter

I won’t say who wrote this, but it’s nice to hear this sort of thing from readers (and practitioners). Reciting the Jesus Creed can be a morally-transforming (and family-shaping) habit … Hey Scot, I wanted to share something with you.  My family and I have been practicing the Jesus Creed daily; we recite it in [Read More...]

Love believes all things

What does the apostle Paul mean in 1 Cor 13:7 when he says Love “believes all things”? Everyone who has ever commented on this verse qualifies it with this: Paul is not saying be gullible or foolish or believe anything and everything. Still, the line is powerful one: “love believes all things.” Those who know [Read More...]

Jesus Creed during Lent

We got fresh word recently that a number of churches, from a variety of denominations, are using 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...]

Jesus Creed in Music

This summer we were at Aldersgate UMC in Alexandria Virginia and we were deeply honored to hear a musical rendition of the Jesus Creed. Andreas Barrett, who wrote the song and music, now has the piece available for free streaming and I hope you stop by to listen to it. I’ve been listening to it [Read More...]

The Real Jesus Creed

Who wants to tell a story about the hardest (next-door) neighbor they’ve had to learn how to love? The practical reality is that it is much easier to want to love your neighbor than to love your neighbor in deed.   [Read more...]

A Lenten Tool

The major turns in the Church calendar can discourage even the most creative of pastors and leaders and lay folks — how many times can you talk about Advent or Lent and not return to the same (ol’) themes? Well, there’s a reason we return to the same (ol’) themes — because they are important.  [Read More...]


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