That Jesus appealed to the Queen of Sheba—whom he likely envisioned as a black African woman—to rebuke the rising tide of racism, nationalism, and violence in his generation has powerful ramifications for followers of Jesus today.
We cannot become followers of Jesus without gaining a profound sense that we are outsiders and newcomers, searching for a friendly face among strangers. We belong with Jesus not by right, but by invitation only.
Those who build walls to keep from having to share their wealth and their privilege with their brothers and sisters do not espouse the morality of Jesus, but morals of Rome.
For those of you who enjoy fantasy as well as biblical studies, here you will find recordings I made of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis. The mistakes and mispronunciations are all mine. Wishing you peace and joy this Christmas, Joshua N. Tilton Chapter 1: Chapter 2: Chapter 3: Chapter… Continue reading A Christmas Gift
Hanukkah is the celebration of the inalienable right of every human being to worship according to her or his own conscience. Hanukkah commemorates the resilience of the human spirit in the face of tyranny.
True power is not be measured in magnitudes of destructive force. The power of the Spirit is measured in increments of life-giving strength.
The dehumanization or demonization of the other, whether it is of a stranger or of an enemy or of a political adversary, is the first precondition for the inhumane treatment of others.
Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. (Matt. 19:14; KJV)
Would Jesus’ attitude toward Jewish customs, social interactions, and religious outlook have been perceived by his peers as wildly liberal, or staunchly conservative, or somewhere in the middle?
It is I. I am he who wipes out your transgressions, and your sins I will not remember. (Isa. 43:25)