John 12:20 – 33: Who am I?

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ByDirk G. LangeOne of the issues that follows us throughout life is that of identity. Who am I? How do I define myself? And then, the surprising realization and question: who defines me? I’m not the only one to construct my identity. Many currents, influences, myths, and forces outside of myself frame me and who I am. I may be American, but if I’m also a Muslim, I’m sometimes under the suspicion of terrorism. This becomes an added layer to my identity. … [Read more...]

John 3:14-21: Bouncers and the “In” Crowd

By Rev. Margaret AymerWho's in? Who's out? Groups that are trying to protect themselves focus heavily on this question, particularly in times of conflict and controversy. They may have great ideals about welcoming all comers, but those who approach, thinking the doors are wide open can find criteria for entry magically appear like a velvet rope at the entrance to an exclusive club. Of course, part of the argument, implicitly or explicitly, is that those who do not meet the established … [Read more...]


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