Tag Archives: body of Christ

Lower your vision

For 2,000 years the ascension of Jesus has been the subject of countless paintings and church murals, so it may be surprising how little is actually said about it in the scriptures. Only Luke tells in his gospel that Jesus “was carried up into heaven” (Luke 24:50-53) and, in the Acts of the Apostles, that […]

Almost Christian

It’s profoundly ironic that we’ve created a Sunday called Christ the King (the gospel for the day is Luke 23:33-43) to celebrate Jesus, who went out of his way to avoid being made a king. We sing, “Crown him with many crowns, . . . and hail him as thy matchless king,” despite reading that […]

Are you the one?

It’s a simple question, and you will spend your whole life answering it: Who are you? Are you the person others expect you to be, or are you an authentically original expression of God? Will you live in such a way that you leave others no choice but to decide: Will they live as their […]

Give me your hand

Sixty-five years ago, an Anglican priest in London, England, changed the way we talk about faith. John Bertram Phillips published a little book, Your God Is Too Small, that pushed beyond the popular notions of God and challenged his readers to redefine a higher power in ways that were relevant to the issues of his […]

Body building

Following his famous 1938 meeting with German Chancellor Adolph Hitler in Munich, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain returned home holding up a piece of paper and declaring “peace in our time.” Within a year the British fleet mobilized and the evacuation of London began, Nazi Germany launched its blitzkrieg into Poland, and World War II […]

You are called to belong

There’s almost no human need more basic than our need to be loved and to belong. Psychologists tell us that once we have what it takes to keep us physically alive and safe from harm, our deepest need is to be truly valued and to know we belong to a community: a family, a network […]