Imagining Freedom

if the son has set you free, you are free indeed. Once freedom has been offered by God himself; once he has our attention, I expect Jesus to spell out, in 5 steps or less, what it might mean to live as a free man. If I’m lucky, maybe all the steps will rhyme, or…

If the Son has Set You Free

If the Son has set you free, you are free indeed. Some things that Jesus said are, to put it mildly, insane. It’s hard to justify the wisdom of a spiritual leader, a rabbi, a paragon of virtue, and more generally, somebody who could be described as “having it all together,” when he runs around…

On Being (wrong) in the Kingdom of God

the kingdom of God is in the midst of you. The teachers of the law were the ones who were supposed to get it. The teachers of the law hadn’t the faintest idea of what was right under their noses. Much has changed since the days when Jesus walked the earth but at least this…

Between Promise and Provision

Would that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the meat pots and ate bread to the full, for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger. A month and a half earlier, the Hebrews were slaves…

The Road to Freedom Via Gunpoint

Years ago, my friend Brian told me a story about Harriet Tubman, a black woman who escaped to the North at the brink of the Civil War. Tubman is famous for her work in the “Underground Railroad,” which consisted largely of her 19 visits back to the South to free slaves during America’s bloodiest time.…

Fear, Freedom, Covenant and Living Well

I was talking with my new friend Phil over a cup of coffee when he brought up a word I had not thought of since my days as a seminarian- they seem so long ago. Somehow the conversation led to us talking about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, fear, freedom and the God who is for us (That…

The Way of Jesus: Following Person over Principle

Follow me, run along behind me! That is all. To follow in his steps is something which is void of all content. It gives us no intelligible program for a way of life, no goal or ideal to strive after…Jesus is the only significance. Beside Jesus nothing has any significance. He alone matters. –Bonhoeffer I…