Garage Sale Antics and the Church in Antioch: Reflections on Generosity

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Last Saturday, my wife and daughter held a garage sale. I wasn’t there because I went with my son to his college orientation. When I arrived home, Priscilla couldn’t wait to tell me this story. Mid-morning a woman drove up in a late model black Mercedes Benz. She nosed around then offered Priscilla and Chloe a quarter—that’s twenty-five cents—for a brand new bulletin board they had priced at a buck. In the spirit of garage sales, Priscilla countered, “50 cents!” The woman … [Read more...]

Does the Holy Spirit Inspire Violence? Obama, Syria, and the Days Ahead

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As Barack Obama, advisers and members of Congress consider how to confront the spiral of violence in Syria, Christians should ask themselves, "Does the Holy Spirit ever inspire violence?" This is a dangerous question, and I am prone to answer it with a loud and clear, "No!" The Spirit inspires peace and love, healing, and prophetic witness, like Martin Luther King Jr.'s famed speech 50 years ago, but the Spirit does not, will not inspire violence. Is my first reaction right? What about the … [Read more...]