While many will claim men as the sole representatives of faithful leading, we must claim and tell the stories of the women who have come before us and declare their witness as models, as mentors, and as leaders who have exemplified faithfulness in God’s continuing work for justice.
Women have been neglected by society, left out of our historical narrative, and have been given little more than tertiary roles. Sadly, the Church has also limited the role of women, ignoring the Biblical stories of women in leadership. Yet, many women of faith have persisted in following God, even when it meant speaking out, standing up, and risking their lives amidst a patriarchal hierarchy. Miriam offers us such an example.
The language of love is erotic and steamy, just read Song of Songs (Song of Solomon). It’s a Biblical profession of the power of true love, and we shouldn’t limit it or water it down by writing it off as allegorical.
The invitation to Christ’s Table is not simply an invitation to encounter the real presence of Christ, it’s an invitation to become the embodiment of Christ for the world.
Christ seems to suggest we should be cannibalistic vampires – eating of the flesh and drinking of the blood. To be faithful to the historical practice of the Eucharist, we’re making the theological more tangible.
Jesus doesn’t sugar coat the call to faithfulness. He really expects us to sell our possessions and give the money to the poor. What does this mean for faithful disciples today?
Our nature is to read what makes us feel good about our faith. We stop reading when we feel like we’ve got our life right with God, and skip the hard texts that teach true holiness. This is one of those texts, which calls us to more than just a ‘personal relationship with God.’
To be faithful to our call as a church community, it takes being engaged disciples. You don’t have to be perfect, highly educated, wealthy, or beautiful – you just have to be willing to respond, knowing Christ goes with you.
Paul makes a compelling argument that if you’re going to live by the law, you will be held accountable to all the laws. Or, you can live by Christ. Is it really that simple?
We are called to more intentional care for one another by establishing a more nurturing faith community. That’s part of what it means to be Making a Place for Everyone.