If you don’t subscribe to the daily meditations of Fr. Richard Rohr, a Franciscan priest and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation in New Mexico, I encourage you to do so. His depth and insights are both challenging and encouraging at the same time—I like that kinda thing. Most of his meditations are drawn from his own extensive work on spirituality. This week he started a series on “The Cosmic Christ.” […]
Caring comes naturally to some, but that does not mean it isn’t hard work. The art and practice of pastoral ministry challenges a culture which values individualism, which makes it hard to ask for help. We are torn between our desire to be self-reliant and realizing that we need one another–scripture would suggest that we are even responsible for one another. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Cain defiantly responds to God’s inquiring about Cain’s now […]
There is a game that is as old as humanity, maybe older. It’s called: “The Blame Game.” It goes in and out of popularity, but seems to come back as anxiety increases (whether or not it is factually justified). Leaders often respond to The Blame Game either by joining in and trying to thrust as much blame on other leaders as possible, or by trying to justify or defend their positions against the onslaught of […]
The 222nd gathering of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) opened with worship this afternoon. While for many GA222 stared a couple of days ago (especially for staff, vendors, and YAADs), today was the official start.
The moderator of the 221st General Assembly, Dr. Heath Rada, preached a sermon from Genesis 45.1-15, when Joseph reveals himself to his brothers who had sold him into slavery. Moderator Rada called the PC(USA) to […]
Many have debated the focus of Christian faith. Some have suggested the entire focus on “belief” in the One God of the Universe, uniquely revealed in and through Jesus from Nazareth. Others have suggested the focus is on “behaving” a certain way in the world: love God and love your neighbor as your self. Yet, still others focus on the “belonging” aspect of Christian faith—belonging to a community that helps shape us and form us […]