Mark 3:1-6, healing, hate and departure

... he entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand (Mark 3:1) And Jesus healed him.  And those around him conspired with secular powers to destroy him. Grace; met with insult by those around him.  Hate and death. Jesus departed with his disciples to the sea, and a great multitude …

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A welcome

I was encouraged on the weekend, to "welcome".  To think about how I was welcomed as a new Christian, and to welcome new Christians in the same way.  (This was the topic of the sermon at church.) "Welcome" connects directly into orthodox Christian theology.  We are welcomed into Jesus, and we welcome Jesus into us. …

Church practice

My thought of leading a church, is rather a strong heart for leading a church.  But this has been on hold, for me.  For whatever reason, I have not considered that I should - for the immediate future.  And this has been hard, because I am shaped to. I continue to "be" in this direction, …

Endeavor and friendship. On Stanley Hauerwas’ memoir.

What is reasoned endeavor, or endeavor with reason?  As though, there is a purpose, to reason.  An inspiration met with reason and dedication. Who is Stanley Hauerwas? In Stanley's autobiography, I respected his theological endeavor.  Soon into his academic career, he approached theology with a strong and clear motivation - as of a bricklayer, building …

Asbury Park.

The greatest moment was the past? I went to Asbury Park in 2011, taking the train. The sky clouds the day, in Asbury Park.  The wooden planks stretch forth.  The beach behind the rails.  The famous bar, where he started. Contemplation. In the past, was the cross and resurrection.  And the cross can be seen, everywhere, …

To “envision” Jesus.

To "envision" Jesus is about:looking to the past (the cross and resurrection),through the lens of the Christian historical metanarrative, in order tobetter understand the present, andsee the present anticipation of Jesus' second coming (in question...).Updated (February 4th, 2015):The discussion involves better understanding the cross and resurrection as the climactic events that shaped the present age: …