Friday, June 5 – Reflections

Friday, June 5 – Reflections

Mark 1:4-5 What understanding of sin would draw folks into the desert to confess, repent, and be baptized? I’m sure there’s theological scholarship on this, but I don’t know it. Instead, I’m left with the ideas about sin that we absorb and invent for ourselves. I...
Friday, June 5 – Reflections

Thursday, June 4 – Reflections

1 Corinthians 12:12-13 The body of Christ made sense to me for more than three decades. I learned about it in Sunday school, choir, Sunday evening services, and Vacation Bible School. Through that metaphor, my teachers helped me see how the work of our church was...
Friday, June 5 – Reflections

Wednesday, June 3 – Reflections

1 Corinthians 12:8-11 As children, my sister and I played endless rounds of the matching game “Guess Who”? We’d each set up our tray, flip up all 24 faces, and set our character card at an angle to prevent cheating. Then, we’d parry each other with yes/no questions in...
Friday, June 5 – Reflections

Tuesday, June 2 – Reflections

1 Corinthians 12:4-7 The sameness of God is harder for me to imagine than the differences of gifts, works, and manifestations of the Spirit. Steeped in years of diversity training, my default is that difference is good. I don’t need much convincing that individuals,...
Friday, June 5 – Reflections

Monday, June 1 – Reflections

1 Corinthians 12:1-3 Paul was Saul, the persecutor. As Saul the crusader, he stood tall while those who had hurled stones at Stephen laid their clothes at his feet. He petitioned the high priests for permission to raid prayer gatherings. He imprisoned those who...