It occurred to me tonight that in the traditional evangelical focus on Paul a specific confrontation is lost: Paul is not recorded as specifically seeking out the outcasts of society, the tax collectors, prostitutes, and so forth. I’ve no doubt that he did in fact talk to them, but since that is not explicitly stated as it was with Jesus it is easier to miss that point and focus on the theological or pastoral aspects. We generally prefer it that way; we can deal more with people like us.
Sono le 2330 della Veglia di Natale al momento che scrivo. Tra una mezz’ora sarà Natale. Il mio più forte ricordo della Veglia di Natale in Italia era del 1972, il secondo anno. Verso le 0730 trentaquattro anni fa partii da Vicenza in treno per andare a Rieti, dove passai la settimana insieme a vari amici.
For reasons I don’t quite understand this whole concept of integrated community is very much present to me now. I cannot escape or dismiss it in my own thinking about the role of the church. A question I must step back and answer for myself: why community? This is far from an adequate apologetic, but this is the gist of my thought at the moment.
In reading St. Justin’s First Apology, I was startled to find this reference; the bold phrase is what I wish to point out. This is followed by a further description of the practice of the community.
A is back on the streets again. She slipped up a couple of weeks ago, and all the old warning signs were present that she was about to disappear again. She passed it off as a minor incident, would not … Read More
In 2001, with the calling of a new rector and subsequent personal dialog with him for the first few months, I thought there was a real opportunity to form a Christian community within the context of an existing Anglican parish.
A friend asked me a few days ago what I thought about the current immigration debate in the US. This is my response. My response to this may initially seem oblique, for reasons that I hope are clear by the … Read More
We’ve noticed a pattern, that we do not hear from L, except on her terms. When she needs something she will call, but apart from that she seems to stay apart from us. That’s okay, forcing will not work; when … Read More
L, the single mother with four kids at home for whom we recently spontaneously gathered a sum to pay her electric bill, responded in an unusual way a few weeks ago. After her public assistance had come through, she said … Read More
A generous community must respond in the crisis of the other, not in its own convenience. F and M, the couple for whom All Saints recently threw a shower, did have their child, a little boy. He had a minor … Read More