i am who you say i am

The other day this moving worship song came on in the car.  The words spoke powerfully to me: Who am I that the highest King Would welcome me? I was lost but He brought me in Oh His love for me Oh His love for me Who the Son sets free Oh is free indeed continue reading »

This Advent Season . . .

Tis the season . . . As we begin the advent season the world around us seems determined to make us think about everything but the coming of Jesus.  Determined to distract us from the waiting, the anticipation, the joy, the peace and the salvation that His arrival means for the world. Whether it’s black continue reading »

it’s not just cubits in here

My grandmother, who passed away eight years ago, read through the Bible annually.  I still remember her in her house dress and bathrobe sitting in an old arm chair in the morning leafing through her well-worn King James.  I aspire to her consistency but not the house dress and bathrobe, they were kind of awful!  continue reading »

Risk and Reward

By Miriam Riad Throughout Scripture, we see that followers of Jesus are required to take risks. Whether it is risk of social status, risk of losing possessions, or even risk of their very lives, Christians are called to this life of abandonment. One of my favorites passages of Scripture is Mark 10, where Jesus has continue reading »

Not our own

(Post by Miriam Riad) “Then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.” – Genesis 2:7 There’s a song that we sing a lot at my church, called “Great Are You Lord.” And every time we continue reading »

Lent

Boston Faith & Justice Network is about bringing Christians together in community. True, there is also a mission we hope to help equip you and ourselves for.  But today as we enter Lent together I am writing this just considering how we can strengthen each other in faith that we might be stronger in community continue reading »

Finding Justice in Proverbs

I am in the middle of preparing a sermon on Proverbs.  To prepare I took 31 to read through the book. I was supposed to speak on speaking.  Easy enough.  Proverbs has a lot to say about what we say. It is good sound wisdom too.  That is how I think of Proverbs – full continue reading »

Inoculations Against Compassion?

Compassion, the dictionary tells us, is a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.  This, frankly, does not sound pleasant.  It sounds almost like a sickness, a disease. No wonder we avoid it.  At least I think we do. It continue reading »

To resolve or not to resolve . . .

There seems to be two camps on New Year’s resolutions. One, – yes let’s make them. Camp twois a no. Camp one says we should make resolutions to change, grow, be different. Lose weight, read books, mend fences etc. But the nay sayers, if social media is any indicator, seem to be a growing group continue reading »