Blessed are the Peacemakers

Blessed are the Peacemakers  Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.  Matthew 5:9 When I think of a peacemaker, I think of someone with a gift for easing tension, for working through differences, and for finding a way to bring together people with diverse beliefs and goals. When I was … Continue reading Blessed are the Peacemakers

A Challenging Peace

A Challenging Peace Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. Matthew 10:34 “For a child has been born for us…and he is named…Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 The season of Christmas is identified as one of peace. Unfortunately, our … Continue reading A Challenging Peace

Gods I Do Not Believe In

Gods I Do Not Believe In  Fools think their own way is right... Proverbs 12:15a When joining the First United Methodist Church in Lawrence, Kansas, shortly after getting married, my wife and I attended an orientation class with the Senior Pastor, Virgil Brady. He explained that United Methodists believe and worship in many different ways. … Continue reading Gods I Do Not Believe In

A God of Vengeance

A God of Vengeance  O Lord, you God of vengeance, you God of vengeance, shine forth! Psalm 94:1 A jealous and avenging God is the Lord, the Lord is avenging and wrathful; the Lord takes vengeance on his adversaries and rages against his enemies. Nahum 1:2 There was a distinct face of vengeance put upon … Continue reading A God of Vengeance

An Inclusive God

An Inclusive God So they picked Jonah up and threw him into the sea; and the sea ceased from its raging. But the Lord provided a large fish to swallow up Jonah; and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. Jonah 1:15,17 The story of Jonah shows a face … Continue reading An Inclusive God

How Did I Miss That? Part 14: Marginalized Lives Matter

How Did I Miss That? Part 14: Marginalized Lives Matter  “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you … Continue reading How Did I Miss That? Part 14: Marginalized Lives Matter