God as authored our lives and has authorized each of us to go into the vineyard. That means that each one of us has authority – a unique authority given to us by God to be exercised on behalf of the world. … More Are you going into the vineyard?
Denying ourselves is about aligning ourselves with God and the divine purpose, rather than aligning ourselves with the Empire and the forces of oppression. Taking up our cross is about choosing the qay of Jesus, about accepting the invitation to discipleship, no matter the cost. … More Taking Up Our Crosses
“Who do you say that I am?” Who has he been in your past? Who is Jesus now? Who do you hope Jesus will be in your future? These are questions to ponder for a lifetime. What religious language have you inherited and what traditions have been passed down? What “truths” and assumptions are we clinging to simply because they’re familiar and safe? Are we afraid to live the question because it might change us?
Peter, I think, ultimately understands that Jesus is just as powerfully present in the questions as in the answer. To love what is unsolved is not to deny Jesus his Lordship. It is to allow Jesus to enter more deeply into your heart than any impersonal claim about him will ever do. Jesus Invites us today to live the question, and he asks it over and over again to each one of us, every day, in love. … More Live the Question
“It would seem that, quite possibly, the ultimate measure of health in any community might well reside in our ability to stand in awe at what folks have to carry rather than in judgment at how they carry it.” (Rev. Gregory Boyle)
Kinship is what happens when we refuse to forget that we belong to one another. Kinship is ever inching closer to the margins and standing with the oppressed and powerless. Kinship is walking with Jesus and your neighbor in the expansive and generous mercy of God.. … More Shaped by the Margins
Peter stepped out in boldness into the storm, and came toward Jesus. This is a lesson for us as disciples: Jesus wants us to step into the storm with him in boldness. We are invited to step into the storm of poverty with boldness and say that poverty can be ended. We are invited to step into the storm of the school-to-prison pipeline and believe that we can change it. We are invited to step into the storm of racism and misogyny and work with boldness to end them. We are invited to step into the storm, taking hold of Jesus’ outstretched hand, and come safely to the shore. … More Boldness in the Storm
our presence in the world as Christians is not to seek out and purge sin and evil—God will tend to that. Our purpose as followers of Jesus in the world is to invest our energy in embodying this radical love of God in our everyday living, to love deeply even when love is hard to come by, to dream withGod about what is possible even in the face of the impossible, to open wide our hearts…even in a field with some questionable plants. … More On Being Wheat