Tag Archives: Christian unity

Table manners

Much of what defined the Corinthian church in the first century of the Common Era was disagreement. It seemed as if disagreements and divisions ran through the church like yeast through a loaf of bread. Members were splitting into factions as groups of them followed different leaders with different theologies (1 Cor. 1:11-12). They disagreed […]

Faith unbound

No one taught me the gospel I proclaimed. I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ (Galatians 1:11-12 paraphrased). Whatever else we Methodists did during General Conference this month, we certainly reaffirmed our inability to agree on matters of human sexuality. We’ve tackled the issue head-on in every General Conference since 1972, four years […]

Coming to the table in love

[Reflections for an interdenominational Holy Thursday communion service] Perhaps the most precious possession left by my grandmother Edith, who had few possessions to leave, was an old kitchen spoon. Dulled with the patina of its age and worn flat on one side by decades of stirring whatever was cooking on her stove, it would hardly […]

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 […]

If your heart

The first time I received the Lord’s Supper, I believe, was while I was in seminary. Since I was confirmed as a youth I had often received the bread and cup. One of my earliest memories of the church is the taste of communion. As a student pastor I served communion in my parish. But […]