Tag Archives: Christian love

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, […]