Category Archives: Spirituality & Religious Writings

a good place to start…

25 pics that speak the truth

This sign in front of the Canadian Memorial Centre for Peace provides a powerful message to all of us this Sunday morning, especially those of us who claim to worship the living Christ. Those living in faithfulness to the Gospel understand that love builds longer tables and even bridges. Only fear and hatred builds walls.

“…you have done it to me.”

The cartoonist's homepage, pnj.com/opinion

The sad reality is that the Evangelical Right, piously lifting their praise this morning. are the ones who would be reporting Jesus to the authorities tomorrow. So many have never learned the Gospel messages of “love your neighbor as yourself,” and “as you have done it to the least of these, you have done it to me.”

giving Christ a bad name

This really impacted me.

Gandhi has the truth of it. The Christ portrayed in the Gospels is full of love and grace. He is compassion and mercy incarnate.

There is little, if any, commonality with the sometimes rabid evangelicals claiming to follow Him and speak in His name. Ugly Evangelicals is a generalization, yet it has become far too accurate in describing so many who profess to be disciples of Jesus.

It is sad when Christians give Christ a bad name. But, isn’t that where we have now arrived?

a short primer for the Church

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Not the Ten Commandments, for sure, but this is still a nice concise primer on a subject with which the  the church continues to struggle. Perfect love casts out fear. The church’s fear of homosexuality is a perfect illustration of this. We all need more love and less fear.

the begging Jesus

"Jesus Panhandling" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

When the church has been stolen by the religious right it is no longer the place of love that Jesus created. If you feel stolen is too strong a word, I will settle for co-opted.

Many who Jesus died for, and loves the most, are being mocked, excluded, vilified, and intentionally made to feel unwanted and unwelcome. This has to break God’s heart.

When the least of these are not welcome, Jesus is being excluded as well. When we close our doors to them, we close our door to God.

The gulf between the poor (the marginalized, the hungry, the stranger, the immigrant, those who are different than us in any way) and us is actually the gulf between us and God. It’s time to help Jesus get His church back.  It’s supposed to be a place of love and acceptance, not a place of hate.