Thirsting for Life (the fourth saying of Jesus from the cross)

“After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfill the scripture), ‘I am thirsty.'” [Read more…]

Dear Neighbors

May I please share something intimate and important, something most people do not guess about my medical history? [Read more…]

I’m an Evangelical Voter. No, Really …

It’s been interesting to observe how many of my more conservative evangelical sisters and brothers have approached the question of whom to support in recent elections. [Read more…]

Why no preacher quotes Jesus on Family Sunday (the third saying from the cross)

John’s Gospel is full of words and phrases that have multiple meanings and convey a rich symbolism. [Read more…]

The Jihad of Jesus

What if, instead of representing violence, hate, war, and death, jihad was understood as a nonviolent struggle for peace, justice, understanding, and love? [Read more…]

Even Jesus fell short of perfect love

Jesus said, “Let the children [referring to Israel] be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs” (Mark 7:27). Refusing to be deterred, she persisted with wit and faith, “Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” In response, Jesus healed her daughter. [Read more…]

Substitutionary atonement distorts the good news (the second saying from the cross)  

What does Jesus do on the cross? According to Luke, he forgives. He bears the wrath and the hostility of the worldly powers—without returning evil for evil, without projecting fear or hate or evil back onto his persecutors and killers. Jesus exposed the folly and evil of scapegoat religion. [Read more…]

Christian and Sexually Empowered

I believe embracing sexual empowerment is absolutely vital to having a healthy, thriving marriage. [Read more…]