Behind the Amish and Charleston

You may well remember the images of the Amish after the senseless slaughter of the children at school — offering compassion to the shooter’s family and making it clear that they would not seek revenge. The same spirit of the Amish, which is the Spirit of Jesus, the cross, and the way of life of [Read More...]

White Privilege and White Nationalism, Racism, and Charleston

There is a reason, perhaps less in importance but perhaps just as insidious, why Christian communities of faith need to stop in their tracks and post a new life-sign about the end of racism in the Church. That reason is the growing, venomous, and potentially culture-crushing development in the USA of White Nationalism. Perhaps you [Read More...]

All Who Hope Enter Here

The image by Brian Snyder, Reuters: [Read more...]

Happy Father’s Day, a Prayer

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who places fathers in families: We commend to your continual care the homes in which fathers and families dwell. Put far from them, we pray, every root of bitterness, the desire of vainglory, and the pride of life. Fill them with faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness. Knit together in [Read More...]

Prayer for the Week

In the church calendar we are in “ordinary” time, and this is the prayer for today: Almighty God, You have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, That we may [Read More...]

Father’s Day: by Jason Micheli

By Jason Micheli: Gabriel– I discovered this photo the other night, scrolling through the computer and finding others like it that, having been snapped, disappeared into the cloud. Unseen by me. Or, the scab always tells the truth: I was too busy to notice. I cried big, eyelash-less tears when I double-clicked on it and [Read More...]

Prayers for Charleston (ACNA)

To the Faithful across the Carolinas: Greetings to you in the matchless Name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. As the eyes of the nation turn toward Charleston we commend her to your prayers.  Our hearts are crushed by this violent act.  Our minds reel as we consider the pain of our brothers and [Read More...]

What if being fat is not sinful? (by John Frye)

What if being fat is not sinful? asks Prof. Rebecca DeYoung. In her book, Glittering Vices: The Seven Deadly Sins and Their Remedies, DeYoung points out that gluttony in our culture is one of the most oversimplified and misunderstood vices.  Here we must emphasize that what makes gluttony a vice is that it is a [Read More...]

One Response to Charleston: By Allan Bevere

What to do? Should we arm the ushers? should we put metal detectors? should we restrict fellowship? Allan Bevere: Hospitality Can Be Dangerous and Even Deadly The shooting that occurred Wednesday night at an historic African American church in Charleston, South Carolina has focused our attention, once again, on several issues– racism, mental health, and gun violence, [Read More...]

Nine Lives into Eternity’s Face

From AP: CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — One was a longtime librarian looking forward to retirement. Another had recently graduated from college with a business degree. At least two died in the church that they had attended for decades. A closer look at some of the nine lives that were cut short by the gunman who [Read More...]