God of the whirlwind – just another angry patriarch waiting to condemn us to hellfire and damnation?

Once upon a time, there was a young woman who lay dying and a lonely hospital bed. She was bereft of hope and paralyzed by fear. The medical staff tried and to explain to young woman nothing more they could … Continue reading God of the whirlwind – just another angry patriarch waiting to condemn us to hellfire and damnation?

Living in a Community where none of us is as smart as all of us

Today we’re talking about community. Community is an important, if not essential, element of the Christian practice. Most of us don’t experience Christianity as a solitary spiritual path. Most of us become Christians by joining a special kind of spiritual community called a church. If you think back to the baptismal liturgy, the initiation service when you become a Christian, you will remember the service centers on welcoming a new into an existing community of faith or congregation. A key part of that process comes when the presider asks the congregation to promise to help the new member follow Jesus. … Continue reading Living in a Community where none of us is as smart as all of us