Black and White Congregations: Duped by Another Gospel: Part I

Unleashed Cruelty Martin Luther King passionately wrote out of a jail cell in Birmingham some 50+ years ago now… “There was a time when the church was powerful.  It was during that period that the early Christians rejoiced when they were deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed.” A great statement, reaching for a […]

Why the Slavery Question Is Important

I’ve been blogging for a long time, and slavery was never something on my radar when it came to topics to discuss. I’m not the Civil War’s equivalent of a “Holocaust denier.” The aspects of our regional past and our denominational history that touch upon slavery are the least flattering portions of our story, and […]

The Dawning of Emancipation

Our modern world economy offers options to us that were not previously available (or widely available). Some of these developments make slavery less desirable than it once was (which is why passages like Exodus 21:5 are inscrutable to us). We quite naturally take these things for granted, but they make our present wage-labor system possible: […]

What’s Your Atmosphere?

Have you ever heard the expression “it has an ‘air’ about it”?  It can be a person, a place, a room, a company or a church.  There are some churches that just seem friendly or some that just seem full of grace, and some that just seem cold and distant.  We project a certain type […]

Christmas Peace (a meditation on 1 John 4:14)

Earth globe Christmas ornament on tree

And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. ~ 1 John 4:14 It doesn’t matter if you read the gospel, the first letter, or Revelation, in all of the apostle John’s writings you will find a global focus with the message of Christ. […]

I’d Rather Be Abraham’s Slave Eliezer Than…

Eliezer of Damascus was the trusted slave of Abraham. He managed all of Abraham’s worldly affairs. He was, until Ishmael and Isaac arrived, Abraham’s heir-apparent. We have no reason to believe that he ever tasted the business end of a whip. We have no reason to believe that he was malnourished or ill-clothed or mistreated […]