Relativity and Revelation: Responding to Samaa Habib’s “Face to Face with Jesus”

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Samaa Habib’s Face to Face with Jesus: A Former Muslim’s Journey to Heaven and Encounter with the God of Love is a fascinating spiritual autobiography, describing one person’s encounter with the holy.  It is a highly personal book with universal ramifications.  It is highly particularistic and sectarian, yet it also has an unexpected globalism. Like [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary — June 1, 2014

Lectionary Reflections for June 1, 2014 Acts 1:6-14 I Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11 John 17:1-11 Today’s readings are about height and depth. Jesus is no longer on the earth. He has ascended. But, this is no cause to abandon our planet. It is an opportunity to take our place as Jesus’ companions in creative transformation. God [Read More...]

Jesus in Our Genes: A Response to Christian Piatt’s “Blood Doctrine”

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Does carrying Jesus’ DNA imply that you will embody Jesus’ spiritual unity with God? Was Jesus’ own unity with God a matter of nurture as well as nature? [Read more...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: The Fifth Sunday of Easter – May 18, 2014

When we interpret John 14:6 imaginatively and inclusively, then it becomes our fourth promise: God guides us on the pathway wherever we are on our journey; God’s energy enlightens all persons in all cultures; makes a way where there is no way; and leads all creation in all of its diversity to wholeness. [Read more...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: Fourth Sunday of Easter – May 11, 2014

Lectionary Reflections for May 11, 2014 John 10:1-10 Acts 2:42-47 “I have come that you might have life, and have it abundantly.”  This was one of Jesus’ mission statements. He is affirming that while there are pathways that lead to destruction, the good shepherd seeks only the best for his sheep.  The good shepherd wants [Read More...]

Let’s Go for a Walk: Reflections on The Road to Emmaus

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Lectionary Reflections for May 4, 2014 Luke 24:13-35 Easter is about embodied movement. Resurrection moved the cells as well as the soul of Jesus, and the cells and souls of his followers. Resurrection still gets us out of our comfort zones and calls us to the open road, spiritually, ethically, and sometimes physically. I love [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: The Baptism of Jesus – January 12, 2014

Lectionary Reflections on The Baptism of Jesus for January 12, 2014 Isaiah 42:1-9 Psalm  29 Acts 10:34-43  (preferred reading Acts 10:1-23, 34-35, 44-48) Matthew 3:13-17 This Sunday we celebrate the life-transforming power of baptism.  While baptism is not necessary for salvation, it is a sign of God’s grace and opens the door for experiencing a [Read More...]


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