Tag Archives: Christian love

A firm foundation

It may be the most important, revealing, personal question in the gospels. After asking his disciples who people were saying he is, Jesus put them on the spot: “But who do you say that I am?” (Matt. 16:13-20). At some point as we grow in faith, every one of us must answer the same question. […]

And who is my neighbor?

It’s important to know who my neighbor is, the one I’m to love, because my life depends on it, and yours does, too. Having life, the abundant life that was the whole purpose of Jesus’ life and teaching, the more and better life than anyone ever dreamed of (John 10:10 The Message), depends on two […]

On love for one’s enemies

Sometimes it seems Jesus expects too much of us. The invitation he offers makes the life of discipleship look pretty good. When we look closer, however, things look different. Jesus promises “more and better life than [you] ever dreamed of” (John 10:10 MSG). He says: Don’t worry about having enough food or drink or clothing; […]

And perhaps grope

So Paul was invited to the great public convocation in the nation’s capital, where the rich and powerful were found, where they and ordinary citizens spoke their minds and hearts and listened to each other. He observed their search for value and meaning in public life, their interest in new ideas that might shape and […]

The offering of love

The story of Jesus under scrutiny at a dinner party (Luke 14:1, 7-14) certainly is not a guide for how to prepare a seating chart for guests, nor is it an example of how not to speak to your hosts if you expect to be invited back again. It’s an invitation, I think, to consider […]

Love wins

What we’re looking for in this election year or in any year, I believe, is not a leader who will best embody our hopes and aspirations. (Even Jesus tried his best to avoid being that kind of leader. Such leaders always disappoint.) What we’re looking for behind the electoral extravaganza is an experience of the […]

A school for the Lord’s service

Perhaps the best description of the church I know – the church that seems to be emerging for a new generation of Christians in the twenty-first century – is also one of the oldest and most enduring. It was developed nearly 1,500 years ago by the leader of a small Christian community in central Italy, […]