“Heretic” is an overused word isn’t it? We slap that label on anyone who disagrees with us. Real heresy is a belief in opposition to a central belief of historically orthodox Christianity. (Justin Holcomb defines heresy more completely here than I have space for.) Central belief – not a difference… Read More
“Please, do you want a picture?” Our guide herded us into position in front of the photographer. “This is how we live,” she said.
God put on skin and moved into this neighborhood two thousand years ago. Today Bethlehem is part of the West Bank, cities walled in behind concrete erected by the Israeli government.
Inside the walls unemployment is almost 60% today. Outside, in the rest of Israel, it is less than 6%. Inside the walls Christians make up, at the very least, 15% of the West Bank’s population. Outside the walls Christians are less than 2% of Israel’s population.
Almost all of us bought a copy of our group’s photograph. To support our brothers and sisters living in Bethlehem. View Post
“What’s the least I can give?” I was dumbfounded and impressed that he actually had the guts to ask this out loud. But it’s probably crossed everyone’s mind at least once right? Even for a second while making the budget and paying bills? I’d never say so… But I’m not… Read More
At age 49, Mr. X suffered a stroke that transformed his mind. Afterward, he quit his job to live a life of “excessive and persistent generosity.” He “gave liberally” to strangers – food and drink to children living on the streets of his hometown in Brazil, for instance. His wife worried… Read More
It happened a few months after 9/11. A friend, assuming I would agree, complained that Christians in America were overwhelmingly in support of going to war with whoever was responsible. He was a Southern Baptist. He didn’t sew his own clothes out of hemp, live in a commune, grow a… Read More
My bookshelves form a diverse neighborhood. A collection of writings from second century pastors ministering in Africa and Asia stands beside the work of a French mystic nun written in the sixteenth century. And next door to her live the words of a Mennonite professor still teaching today at an… Read More