Posts from September 2023

Posts from September 2023

Hands with chalice and communion matzo bread, wooden cross on grey background. Christian communion

Flesh and Blood

In the letters we call 1 and 2 John, the apostle is combatting what he feels is a destructive heresy that has found its way into the Church. He calls it the “spirit of the antichrist,” (1 John 2:18-19, 4:2-3, 2 John 7) that is, any person who “does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh.” This will rot the Church from the inside out, John is certain of it. It deserves our most serious attention and…

A Colorful Gospel

When we encounter everything that is colorful and bizarre in the book of Revelation (which would more appropriately be called a letter), it is the approach of some to “decode” its strange symbols, maybe even decode and interpret them as current or near future events we might see in the news. But when we read Revelation 1 and meet a Jesus whose eyes are on fire, whose feet are metal, whose voice roars like crashing waves, from whose mouth protrudes…
Morning sun rays in forest

To Be Alive

Life in God is not a matter of being knowledgeable enough or obedient enough. It’s a matter of being born of God, completely remade by God. The whole self, the entire existence brought into reality by our creator and made perfectly in his image. If you ask John, that’s what it means to be alive. “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the parent loves the child.” (1 John 5:10)…
God is love on the sea shore.


“God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.” – 1 John 4:16 All things begin in love, flow from love, are perfected in love, and return to love. Any tendency we might have had to conceive of love as an object or tool (even a good one) is thrown right out the window. It might not occur to us to conceive of love as that which surrounds us at all times,…