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“The Kingdom of God is Like…” Justice and Depth, the Uncomfortable and Subversive Church Introduction: If we read the gospels and the story of faith leading up to them, then I believe what we see is a story of uncomfortable and subversive truths. The church, in its 2000 years of history has wrestled… Read more »
March 25 of this year will mark a 50 year anniversary of the March from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. A 54 mile journey that would lead to the passage of A Voting Rights Act of 1965 led by Dr. King, the Southern Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. But this march,… Read more »
In the New Testament, there is record of 12 Disciples of Jesus. They are all listed a few times and there are two dramatic calling stories. The first is the calling of Simon Peter and his brother Andrew, who are fishermen. Struggling to catch fish for the day, Jesus calls us out them, “drop… Read more »
I met T’nisha a few weeks ago at Youth Spirit ArtWorks (YSA) on the edge of Berkeley and Oakland. The organization works with homeless or low income youth ages 16 -25 to give them a place to work on job skills in arts-related areas. A big part of their work is student art being created… Read more »
“If you are a dreamer come in If you are a dreamer a wisher a liar A hoper a pray-er a magic-bean-buyer If youre a pretender com sit by my fire For we have some flax golden tales to spin Come in! Come in!” -Shel Silverstein This is one of my favorite poems from… Read more »
For many people, place is sacred. On macro and micro contexts, place is very important to most of us. From the rampant and sometimes troubling patriotism we witness in our country to the pride one takes in their neighborhood, we can see that place is significant emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. The significance of place… Read more »
The words of Isaiah in this chapter are a bit of a rouse, it follows this beautiful vision of peace and prosperity. Verses 1 – 4 present the promise of a peaceful world, a world where nations no longer fight nations, a world where weapons of warfare are transformed into tools of agriculture. “In… Read more »