Labor Day is not a celebration of how great our workforce is, it is a reminder that we are called to be something greater than we have been before. Hebrews 13 offers a similar call to the faithful. It is not a text of how great we are at living our faith, it’s a call to how much greater we should be as a people of faith.
The Parable of the Mustard Seed does say that great outcomes arrive from small beginnings, but such a reading is banal. It’s simple. It’s too easy. It’s not provocative enough. What was Jesus really saying? Take another read.
Editorial additions to the Biblical text, like section headers, often impact our ability to faithfully hear Jesus’ words. To understand the parables, like that of the lost sheep, coin, and son, we have to strip away 2000 years of explanatory interpretations to rehear Jesus’ words with the ears of the Pharisees.
Tabitha’s resurgent life is no more for herself that Peter’s resurgent faith is for himself. Peter’s gift of faith brings about new life in Tabitha, which in turn brings about new life and new faith in the community.
We want concrete realities, and for those whom it benefits, we desire to maintain the status quo … we want to proclaim our truth without being told we are wrong. But in the resurrection, we are offered a new truth, a new promise – that life wins out over death.
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 should not blame God for Adam’s sin; instead, we should bless God for using that singular act to lay the framework for the witness of truth and love through the sacrifice of the Son of God.
What’s your picture of God? Your relationship with God is always mediated by your mental picture of God. So your love and passion for God will never outrun the beauty of your picture of God. The beauty of your transformation will never outrun the beauty of your picture with God.
People of faith would do well to identify with either Jeremiah or Ebedmelech or both… because both are Strong in faith, Discerning in proclamation, Courageous in witness, and Persistent in good deeds.