What are we selling this Christmas? – Why Jesus was born in Bethlehem and not Rome

Each year Christmas comes along and so do various controversies. The first of these is the sloganeering of it all: do we dare say “happy holidays?” How dare we be the sort of people that love our neighbors by not imposing our Christ-Mass holy day onto their December agenda! Only if one believes that America [Read More...]

The Cost of Living Out the Sermon on the Mount

The Sermon is Jesus’ invitation to know God’s perfect love so well that the impulses of Christ become our own. This is not merely an ethic of obedience, but an invitation into a relationship that transforms our character to match the virtues of Jesus himself. [Read more...]

Puppies and the Kingdom of God

Some people may think that I’m “over the top” when it comes to dealing with animal ethics. But stories like the one in the following video remind me of how big a concern the welfare of animals needs to be for the local church. After all, we know that when the fullness of the Kingdom [Read More...]

Red Letter Dialogues: Review and Introduction (Claiborne and Campolo)

By re-focusing our attention on the basics, the red letters of the Bible, these authors help to open the imaginations of readers to see the way in which the covenant God is bringing heaven to earth. Not only do we readers get to be “flies on the wall” as Tony and Shane dispense their wisdom in a conversational format, but we too are invited into the dialogue with the hope that it will lead to grassroots expressions of the reign of God. [Read more...]


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