GOD WILL NOT VIOLATE YOU

God will not use you in ways that you do not permit. God wants you and God created you in God’s image, autonomy and all. God calls us into relationship that is filled with mutual respect. God desires to fill your heart with love. God made you, God knows you, God believes you.

RESTORE! PRISON REFORM A FAITH IMPERATIVE IN ARKANSAS

How do men under constant supervision obtain illegal drugs? Most likely the drugs are smuggled in by the prison employees tasked with their care. How is it possible for inmates to alter their state to the point of death without anyone noticing? The obvious answer is neglect. Why does an intervention come only at the point of removing a dead body from the cell? This is our reality because we live in a state that values retribution over restoration.

SURELY WE ARE NOT BLIND, ARE WE?

This question from this mornings Gospel asked by the Pharisees of Jesus is not really a question but more of a statement with a question tacked on as a social grace. Us blind? No way. Right? We couldn’t be. We’re people of faith after all. Spiritual blindness is a common affliction, something we all share….

VALUING RELATIONSHIP OVER TRADITION

Jesus’ invites us to examine whether the tradition of the elders as expressed through law lives into our call as children of God. It extends far beyond our religious practice into or personal and civic life.

DIFFICULT WORK

We know that here, in the midst of the difficult lessons and obscurity, there is meaning and value. Jesus’ teachings offer us truth that is loving, liberating, and life-giving. This sort of truth, the words of eternal life, while powerful is not simple or easy. If it was, well, we wouldn’t need to be here.

A NEW UNSETTLING FORCE

“There is in this world no such force as the force of a person determined to rise. The human soul cannot be permanently chained.” These are the words of civil rights activist and scholar W. E. B. Du Bois, whom we commemorate today as a holy man. He was the first black man to graduate…

AUTHORITY & IMPOSTER SYNDROME

Have you ever had your authority questioned? In our Gospel reading today we hear those who have societally granted power say to Jesus: “By what authority are you doing these things?” and “And who gave you this authority?” It’s like they are saying, “Who do you think you are, get back in place.” It doesn’t always…