Introducing Leslie Leyland Fields

This post introduces to Jesus Creed readers one of my favorite authors, Leslie Leyland Fields. Author of numerous books, including Forgiving our Fathers and Mothers as well as Crossing the Waters. She and her family live in Kodiak Alaska and are commercial fishers — on an island off an island! She has taught at Seattle [Read More…]

A Dictionary All Bible Readers Need to Use

We live 2-4,000 years removed from what can be called Bible times. Think just for a minute of all that has changed: Life expectancies, relationships of husbands and wives and children and parents and “citizens” and leaders; food and drink; cultures and religious festivals and worship centers; the relationship of individual and state and of [Read More…]

Church Leaders: Distrust and Obey?

By Michelle Van Loon, at There are some very good reasons for church leaders not to trust a congregant. Some are obstructionists, determined to resist all change. Others engage in politicking and clique-forming. Still others enter the church with agendas, addictions, or abusive tendencies. There is wisdom in maintaining good boundaries with a member possessing [Read More…]

(Un)Distorting a Theology of Grace

When it comes to theology and to practice, grace is sometimes ignored. Yes, of course, those who ignore grace believe in it but either their theology or the practice ignores it. Others use grace against others, what I call grace grinding. That is, grace is used to drive home and drill in to another that they are [Read More…]

Baptism, Death, and Funerals

From Stanley Hauerwas and Will Willimon, Holy Spirit: Stanley is a communicant in a congregation whose baptistery is in the form of a large cross making possible baptism by immersion. … Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Stanley’s church has determined that when a member of the congregation dies, the body is brought to the [Read More…]

Olympians at Prayer

Source: 1. The U.S. women’s relay teams praying live on camera after winning both the 4X100 and the 4X400 meter relays. Not only did our U.S. women’s relay team dominate the 4X100m and the 4X400m relay races, but they prayed live on camera immediately after their win. Allyson Felix, who ran in both races, herded her teammates into a huddle [Read More…]

Grant, O merciful God

Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. BCP [Read more…]

Weekly Meanderings, 20 August 2016

Great sports story I saw this week about Archie Manning: Buddy didn’t tell his son that he loved him—it wasn’t in his makeup to reveal the bedrock of his emotions—but Archie understood that his dad was his second-biggest fan, just behind his mom, who had attended every game in every sport that he had played [Read More…]

A Three-Act Play? in the Bible? Where?

By John Frye David, the poet-warrior-king wrote a fascinating three act play. It is referred to as David’s “shepherd psalm,” yet it is so much more than that. Psalm 23 is a miniature drama of redemption. Here I part company with Keller’s A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23. While Act 1 is definitely set as [Read More…]

Women Re-run

CNN: Confirmed: US relay team given re-run After lodging an official appeal, the United States 4×100 relay team has been offered a chance of redemption. Allyson Felix had been handing over to English Gardner at the second exchange when she was nudged by a Brazilian sprinter. The Brazilian team has now been disqualified, and the [Read More…]