August 19, 2017

Fridays with Damaris Zehner: Another Look — Christians Need More Enemies

Note from CM: Today’s repost is the first that Damaris wrote for us at IM, back in 2010. Readers could see her insight and prodigious writing talent from the very beginning, and I’m glad she’s been able to continue with us over the years. I’m blest to call her a friend and colleague. • • […]

Another Look: Perfect Love

…No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously. …If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? …In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you. • From Matt. […]

Wisdom for Ordinary Time: Eugene Peterson on Leviticus 19:18

During Ordinary Time this year, I am reading and meditating on Eugene Peterson’s new book, As Kingfishers Catch Fire: A Conversation on the Ways of God Formed by the Words of God. This book captures sermons from Peterson’s twenty-nine years as a pastor in Bel Air, Maryland. Today, Peterson’s sermon focuses on Leviticus 19:18 — “You […]

Greg Boyd: Love Like the Sun and Rain

Note from CM: It is hard to do justice to a book as massive as Greg Boyd’s The Crucifixion of the Warrior God: Volumes 1 & 2. We’ve had several days of discussing certain aspects of it, and yesterday I stated my main objection to his thesis. But as I said, my disagreements does not […]

Sermon: Epiphany VII — How Enemies Become Friends

SERMON: How Enemies Become Friends (Epiphany VII) You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; and if anyone wants to sue you […]

For Valentine’s Day: The Coffee Cups

The night was long, his sleep restless. Two or three times he reached across the bed to feel her warmth. He reached and reached. Once, her absence bothered him so much he got up, put on his robe and walked downstairs. He sat in his chair and listened to himself breathe. An occasional car drove […]

Frances and Lenny: When All That’s Left Is Love

Frances died last week. Her family all said she missed her husband Lenny since his death a few years ago, and would be happy to be at peace and reunited with him. Frances and Lenny were faithful Roman Catholic members of a city parish. At her funeral, the priest said Frances especially loved to share […]

Another Look: Luther on Good Works

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything; the only thing that counts is faith working through love. • Galatians 5:2, NRSV For Christ at the last day will not ask how much you have prayed, fasted, pilgrimaged, done this or that for yourself, but how much good you have done to others, […]

Empathy

Note from CM: I received an email from Mike Bell yesterday asking for a leave from writing for IM for awhile. They have received some bad news about a family member whose cancer has returned, and Mike will have additional responsibilities in the days to come. He is also facing some increasing demands at work. Please […]

Love in the Desert (2) : On Humility

[The Desert Fathers] believed, in spite of society’s pressures, that love is the goal of the Christian life and humility is what it takes to bring us toward it. • Roberta C. Bondi  • • • What does it take to love? First and foremost, argues Roberta C. Bondi in her book, To Love as […]