Mixed-Race Kids, the Church, and the Blessing of Manasseh and Ephraim

  Genesis has long been at the center of Jewish and Christian reflection on what it means to be the people of God.  In the Christian tradition, much has been written about God’s declaration that he made man and woman in his image such that all people deserve to be treated with the dignity.  TheContinue reading “Mixed-Race Kids, the Church, and the Blessing of Manasseh and Ephraim”

The Slave, the Foreigner, and the Compassion of Israel

photo credit In the providence of God, he allowed his people to experience an extended period of slavery. This slavery was no passing trial to be endured and forgotten. It marked them and undergirded their ethical reasoning. God called upon his people to remember: Do not oppress a foreigner; you yourselves know how it feelsContinue reading “The Slave, the Foreigner, and the Compassion of Israel”

Thoughts on a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land Part IV: What does it mean to follow Jesus?

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 youContinue reading “Thoughts on a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land Part IV: What does it mean to follow Jesus?”

Thoughts on a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land: Part I

  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 beginContinue reading “Thoughts on a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land: Part I”