Holy Communion UCity · The Rev. Mike Angell: Wrestling With God Here’s a thesis: the Bible’s endurance comes from its mystery. These Genesis stories were told for hundreds of years before every being written down. The stories are probably close to three thousand years old. They were campfire tales, told and refined by storytellers longContinue reading “Wrestling with God”
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Pride and Sacrifice
That is the other key difference in the stories. When Jesus died, the human authorities thought they had won, but they didn’t have the last word. God had the last word. The resurrection is a witness to the power of God’s love even over the machinations of death. Even when the world is loveless, even when the world would sacrifice some of our siblings, God will conquer. God will have the last word. As people who follow the loving, liberating, life giving God, it is our work to take the knives out of the hands of those who think they are enacting justice. And God takes pride when we keep on marching.
Sarah, Hagar, and God’s Laughter
Again and again in Genesis, we find the stories of rivals. Cain and Abel, Isaac and Ishmael, Jacob and Essau. It’s almost as if the Bible is trying to tell us something about how we relate to one another. And today we enter again the story of Sarah and Hagar.
What if we thought of Christianity as a Way of Life?
A few years ago Peter Senge, the MIT professor and Brian McLaren the Christian writer were killing time on a video chat, waiting for someone else to join, how many of us know this space today. McLaren asked Senge about the decline of the church and the growth of Buddhism in our country. Senge said,Continue reading “What if we thought of Christianity as a Way of Life?”