Sunday Reflections

Believe as Little as Possible

Sunday, July 25, 2021

As teenagers, my brother and I both made a firm and informed Christian commitment that shaped our lives. But our views were so different. He chose to take the Bible literally, as history and was sure he knew what to believe. I preferred to read it metaphorically and to think of theology as story. Billy Graham often said in preaching:...
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A Jewish View of the Gospel

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Some years ago I went to meet a Jewish rabbi who became a close friend. As we talked, I found that 90% of our work was the same – leading, caring, births, deaths and marriages, engaging community and schools nearby. For 2000 years the church chose to magnify differ-ences and approve persecution of Jews. In a society where education and...
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Forgiving the Unforgivable

Sunday, July 04, 2021

Have you ever felt that someone else withheld forgiveness from you, or you from them? Scene 1 in today’s story is about the pressure on the small businessman hoping debtors will pay up before the creditors need payment. For us DEBT provides a metaphor for forgiveness.  Note that when the servant asks, he is totally for forgiven. But when we...
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