Tag: slavery

Thinking Christianly (and a skit!)

Look at it like this. Maybe this is the reason he was separated from you for a while, so that you could have him back forever—no longer as a slave, but much more than a slave, as a beloved brother, beloved especially to me, but how much more to you, both as part of your household and in the Lord.…

burning bush

Seeing (Unsandaled)

God said, “Don’t come any closer. Remove your sandals from your feet. You’re standing on holy ground.” -from Exodus 3 “Earth’s crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God, But only he who sees takes off his shoes; The rest sit round and pluck blackberries.” ― Elizabeth Barrett Browning What separates you, Friends, from experiencing God’s presence? What…

Living Abundantly

No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. -Jesus, in the sixth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew Here’s an old sermon trick for you. Ready? Okay. It’s a series of reflective questions: If you could…

Sell All You Have

Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money[a] to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions. -from the Gospel of Mark, chapter 10 I’m not sure…

Burn Your Leftovers

Do not leave any of it till morning; if some is left till morning, you must burn it. This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the Lord’s Passover. -from Exodus 12 Happy New Year! Not really, of course. Passover…