Often, it seems our faith is motivated more by fear than by love. Fear of death, fear of the other, fear of the unknown. Fear of punishment. Fear of hell.
What if vulnerability is actually at the heart of what it means to be fully human? What if, without vulnerability, we are missing out on something that is at the core of our true essence?
As it happens, stories have immense power. And what we do with the power of our own stories in many ways defines who it is that we actually are.
How many of us will tell the real story of Christmas this year? Not the one with the pastoral imagery of white-washed Nativities, but the one about the unlikely delivery of a child to an unwed couple in a filthy stable in a backwater town in a two-bit corner of the Roman empire?
We love it when our New Wineskins friends do awesome things in the world. Tomeka Robinson, who was part of our charter group when we started meeting back in May 2014, certainly fills the bill. Now coaching debate at Hofstra University in New York, Tomeka spearheaded a forum back in September on Islamaphobia, seeking to raise the … Continue reading Nov. 27 Gathering: Google Hangout with Tomeka Robinson
This Sunday at New Wineskins, North Place's Wendy Williams will join us to introduce us to the facility's mission and vision and share how unconditional love is breaking through to transform the lives of new mothers and their children.
Have we lost some of the significance of the ancient and holy rite of the Eucharist? Has it become little more than another ritual for us to march through occasionally, more out of obligation than for transformation?
What do we make of Jesus' radical call to discipleship in light of Luke's retelling of the Exodus narrative?
Could Jesus be revealing something of his broader agenda in this relatively small gathering?
What do "treasures in heaven" have to do with servants waiting for their master? Are there hints in the text that point us to a warning for Israel that still holds true for us today?