Why aren't We Persecuted for Being Christians?

We aren’t under attack because we have accommodated ourselves to the dominant culture. We too often view the church as more of a chaplain to the dominant culture rather than a witness to an alternative way. Indeed, when Christians do live in a counter-cultural way, they end up in trouble.

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#Eattogethercincy

Jesus’ table fellowship ministry has inspired our teenagers to do the same. In the coming weeks, they will be promoting #Eattogethercincy. Although the date of this event has not been finalized (probably late August), they plan to invite a diverse array of people in Cincinnati to join them for a meal in one of Cincinnati’s parks. Like Jesus they will intentionally reach out to people who don’t usually eat together. They will invite people from other religious traditions, people from all socio-economic groups, people of different races, and so on.

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The Word We Long to Hear

At the tomb on Easter morning, the turning point for Mary was the risen Christ saying her name. When he said her name, he validated the core of her unique life. He didn’t say “hey you woman in general.” He spoke to her life specifically. He reassured her that his voice—the voice that cast out all the demons—was still the last word about her life. He reassured her that she was a beloved child of God, a branch connected to the true vine, who is indwelt by the very presence of God. In that moment of recognition, she was then sent to go and tell the others “I have seen the Lord.”

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Holy Saturday: After the Crash

Holy Saturday is not just about the death of a person, but about the death of anything that we hold dear. It is about the death of dreams. It is about the death of marriages, friendships, careers. It is about the death of the way the church used to be. It is about the death of ministries and programs that once bore much fruit, but now are gone. It is about the loss of companions in ministry who have moved away or become disaffected. It is about the death of all our best efforts to make a difference in our world, and the realization that the kingdom doesn’t come on demand.  It is about the realization that sooner or later those of us who follow Jesus will be on our way to bury him without a clue as to what will happen next. It is about completely letting go of what we have known without any expectation of what is to come.

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Depart the Rat Race this Holy Week

Holy Week is about an “exodus” from the rat race that enslaves us. Every day this week, God is saying “Depart, depart, go out from there!” Indeed, Luke’s Gospel refers to Jesus’ passion in exodus terms. In Luke’s account of the transfiguration (9: 28—36), Peter, James and John overhear Moses and Elijah “speaking of his departure (exodus), which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.” To follow Jesus to Jerusalem, to the Last Supper, to Good Friday, and to the tomb is the only way out of what enslaves us. Let me repeat: It is the only way out.

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Still Resisting Grace

When we are overwhelmed with love, we find it hard just to sit there and receive it. Why?  We find it hard to sit there because for a variety reasons we have come to believe we are not worthy of such love. Grace attacks our self-understanding and is experienced as a threat. It disarms all our usual defenses and we just don't know what to do with such a gift. We resist because we aren't sure we want to live with the kind of freedom such love offers us. 

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Lent 2019: A Call to Prayer, Fasting, and Action

“We are living through perilous and polarizing times as a nation, with a dangerous crisis of moral and political leadership at the highest levels of our government and in our churches. We believe the soul of the nation and the integrity of faith are now at stake.” (From A Confession of Faith in a Time of Crisis)

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