The morning of the race I felt primed and ready to go. It was surprisingly cool (mid-50s) for March in Texas. My training and taper had all gone well. I had fought through some nagging injuries during the training cycle, but was feeling about 90% of peak physical fitness – good enough to give it […]
I am Nicodemus. (and perhaps so, too, are you) I find Jesus intriguing, despite the ambivalence of my friends. Truth be told, I secretly admire him, yet dare not do so in public. That would be far too risky for a person in my position. So I come to him by night, in secret. You […]
As the temple of God’s presence our physical bodies matter. Black bodies, immigrant bodies, Muslim bodies, female bodies…all uniquely bearing the image of God’s presence.
Our presiding bishop, Michael Curry, once said “If it’s not about love, it’s not about God.” I would add to that Cornell West’s wise insight, “Justice is what love looks like in public.” And I think the prophet Micah would conclude “If it’s not about doing justice and loving kindness, it’s not walking with God.”
To some I’ve said “I’m training for a marathon.”
To others I’ve simply said, “No thanks.”
And to a few I’ve told the rest of the story…
In the midst of all this talk about growth, strategy, goals, administration, and collaboration it is vital to remember that the church is never an end unto itself. The end goal is not simply to grow the church. The end will always be love – God’s love – reflected in our love and care for one another.
One of my temptations is to think that my pledge is primarily about my personal financial situation. It’s about my own ability to give money away, my own personal calculation. It’s my own private matter. But really our pledges for the work of the church are about something vastly bigger than just us.