When standing alongside a dirt road in the wilderness areas of Galilee, Jesus’ command to follow him takes on a certain practicality (see the picture above). It involved actually following Jesus as he walked along the way. If one had decided to follow Jesus you would have heard parables about God’s coming kingdom as you … Continue reading Thoughts on a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land Part IV: What does it mean to follow Jesus?
One of the reasons I became an Anglican was the subtle mysticism of the liturgy. In my former days as a Baptist I knew when to expect the Holy Spirit to show up: the climax of the sermon or the third stanza of a good hymn. As the pastor worked his way towards the conclusion of a … Continue reading The Liturgy and the Tomb: in praise of Anglicanism and Jerusalem
I used to think us unique. We had slavery, Jim Crow, the Civil Rights movement – a spirituality formed in the crucible of suffering. A certain arrogance or belief in superiority can come from a history of exploitation. We could read the bible from the right perspective because the bible was made for people like … Continue reading Thoughts on a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land Part II: Towards a larger story
All I ever wanted to be was a football coach. I saw coaches making a difference in my city. For many of us it was football or the streets. Sports had the ability to capture our imagination, but not forever. The goal was to keep us in school long enough so that we might begin … Continue reading Thoughts on a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land: Part I