Trinity for God is love… I John 4.8 Love— a Lover a Loved One a Way the Three Love— a Trinity, you see; the Three of One.

Sound the new world rising

Week 21, Day 3 Acts 2. 1-21 Here is the full text for this week’s Pentecost celebration. When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of ea

What I should'a said...

05-13-18 Week 21, Day 1 Philippians 2.1-13 …3Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. 4Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. 5Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, 7 but emptied himself… work out your own salvation with fear and trembling… As I was studying the text for last week I was aware of an assumption I was making about what Paul was saying. There were two things I should have done with that assumption that I did not do. And because I did not do my due diligence w

The how of love

Week 20, Day 5b Philippians 2. 1-13 For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. Matthew 16:25 Set Love free and she will lose this time and the next time and the time after that. Losing is the how of love. Set Love free and she will reach with emptied hands deep into the poverty of caring to share her bounty, which is to save your life. She will take it from you shake it and shape it giving it back birthed anew saved and well. Save your life? Lose it, says Love You can only hold what flows through your fingers. Live lost. Learn the victory of defeat, the gain of losing, of being, not grasping what must be let go of e

Such a loser...

Week 20, Day 5 Philippians 2. 1-13 “Downward mobility”, Dr. Amy Oden called it in the article I posted on Tuesday of this week. “Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus who being in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself taking the form of a slave…” Downward indeed. Think about that for a minute. Christ forsakes, gives up, lays aside, forgoes divinity to consort with humanity—and with the weakest form of humanity at that. Enormous, unimaginable power is set aside, left behind. Christ “empties” this divine self of all that. The “form of God” is exchanged for the “form of a slave”. The power to command and accomplish

Downward Mobility

Week 20, Day 2 Philippians 2. 1-13 Each week the folks who created the Narrative Lectionary Project that we are following this year publishes brief commentary on the text for the current week. I thought you might enjoy the current week’s offering. This is by Amy Oden, who is Professor of Early Church History and Spirituality at the Saint Paul School of Theology, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. You can find the original, and links to much more, on their web site: Philippians 2:1-13 If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete

..what must I do...

Week 19, Day 4 Acts 16. 16-34 “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” Acts 16. 30 Imagine this story from the jailer’s point of view. He’s doing a job—managing a prison for his Roman overlords; a job he’s probably lucky to have, by the way. Fairly simple, really. All he has to do is keep the doors locked and the prisoners confined. Roman jails are well made. He has the key. Not much to it. Until the day a couple of foreign trouble makers come to town, raise a ruckus, get themselves roughed up and tossed into his jail by the local powers that be. His orders? Keep them securely locked up. He doesn't know what they have done. He doesn’t really care. So, “following these instructions, he

...nothing but the truth...

Week 19, Day 3 …nothing but the truth. Acts 16. 16-34 “While she followed Paul and us, she would cry out, ‘ These men are slaves of the Most High God, who proclaim to you a way of salvation.’ ” Acts 16: 17 The entire text for this week is given below. You may want to read through it a time or two before proceeding. In response to a dream, Paul sails across the Aegean Sea and takes his first step into Macedonia, just north of Greece. He’s in Europe now; still the Roman Empire, of course, but this is not native territory for Paul. It must have felt strange—ominous even, for them to be taking their gospel message into a new world so far from home. They arrive in Philippi an

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