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Love and the White Evangelical

60% of Americans disapprove of Trump, but 71% of White Evangelicals approve of Trump.  In fact their support of Trump remains largely unchanged since the 2016 election. — from PRRI If read carefully, the New Testament teaches that Jesus was crucified not because he…

Love In a Hawk’s Feather

     Two weeks ago, as Maggie and I do every day, we were taking our hour long walk through the park. I let Maggie navigate where we go each day. She literally stops and points where she wants to walk. I know that…

God’s Love is Bigger than Broken Promises

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; God will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. — Deuteronomy 31:9 God wanted to make a covenant with humanity. “I will be your God and…

Agape

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. — Jesus (John 15:12) The Greek word for love in this verse is agape. As used in the New Testament to describe God’s love, agape is a love that is not…

Happy Feast Day St. Francis!!

In the USA, we celebrate St. Francis by blessing our pets, but that isn’t how they do it in Assisi.  In Assisi, the magistrates from all over Italy gather in the city hall of Assisi and sign a document, Pac di Civile, promising to…

Love with no “ifs”

The Apostle Paul described God as one “who had set me apart before I was born and called me through his grace” (Gal 1:15). Paul knew that God loved us before we were even born. There is no “if.” No “if” you behave well…

Disorderly Parables

Not your ordinary Bible Studies. Each book is a parable – a story – wrapped around a biblical commentary. These stories will make you think about ancient scripture in new ways, provide insight into what is happening in the world today, surprise you with laughter…

You have it, so give it away!

Freely you have received; freely give. — Mat 10:8 Jesus was sending his twelve disciples out to proclaim the good news: “The kingdom of heaven has come near!” Part of their instructions were to help others without asking for anything in return. This is…

Fake News. Fake Religion. It’s a “me first” problem..

Problem: “For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to myths.”…

Love and Civility

Civility: Formal politeness and courtesy in behavior or speech. Be careful. No one following Jesus will ever standby and let evil reign in the name of civility. Speaking the truth without love is wrong, but those who speak the truth in love are often accused…

Lord, I am Having Trouble Loving!

Dear God, Today I am having trouble loving. My problem is with the authorities who are separating the immigrant children and their parents.  But not just them, I am having trouble loving the citizens who support the authorities who are ordering this to happen….

God Living in Us

If we love one another, God lives in us and God’s love is made complete in us. — 1 John 4:12 This little guy saw an elderly woman–a complete stranger–trying to climb some stairs.  His mom stopped the car so he could help her. …