Tag: peace

Temples: The Temple of Creation

Imagine that your city is burning. The school where your son learned is burning. The well where your daughter drew water is burning. The little pub where you had your first kiss: burning. Your house is burning. The gentle fire that burned in your little hearth in the winter is now out of control, and the flames are spreading. The…

Fig Tree Lessons

Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that it is near, right at the door. -from Mark 13 I have a confession to make, Friends: I am a hoarder. Now, to…

isaiah the prophet

Prophesying

The wolf will live with the lamb,     the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together;     and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear,     their young will lie down together,     and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The infant will play near the cobra’s…

Community of Peace

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in…

Practical Peacemaking

“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment.” -Jesus, in the 5th chapter of Matthew In the Ten Commandments, we read that we aren’t…

What good is our Peace Testimony when people are dying?

Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give…

Technology: Good or Bad?

Today’s question Technology: Good or Bad? is the cause of so many panicky Time magazine covers, so many glowing reviews of the newest generation of smartphones, so many distraught essays (probably typed in modern word processors) claiming that Google is destroying our brains and Facebook is killing our friendships. Is technology good or bad? For answers this morning, we turn…

Praying For Peace

{As published in the Wilmington News Journal on July 5th, 2014.} Jesus’ disciples asked him how to pray, and he gave them a prayer both simple and audacious. In it, we’re taught to address God not as a tyrant, nor as a remote deity, but as a parent. We’re taught to ask for forgiveness, boldly, and also to forgive boldly…