Thanksgiving Day Prayer

Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

~ Book of Common Prayer

How Do I Love The Wounded?

I recently wrote a post on the topic of loving wounded people. This post appeared yesterday on The Leadership Institute blog and I hope that you will take the time to read it. Here is an excerpt…

This is the essence of the gospel. Christ has loved me in spite of my stubbornness and he has been wounded in the process. His wounds were not an obstacle to my healing, causing him to give up on me—his wounds made my healing possible. Christ-like love, cruciform love, is love that embraces wounded people with the full awareness that I will be wounded in the process. The wounds they inflict upon me will be the very means by which their own wounds will be healed. This is the way of Jesus.

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Speaking of Women in Ministry

I have the privilege of being on the writing team for Missio Alliance. Each month we are given a theme to write on and this month’s theme was Gender: Being Missional & The Reign of God. I decided to write a personal account of the process of changing my mind on this topic. This post appeared earlier this week as two parts, which you can read here…

Changing My Mind On Women In Ministry, Part 1

Changing My Mind On Women In Ministry, Part 2

These posts are not so much about the specifics of why I changed my mind on particular passages in the New Testament, as there have been plenty of blog posts, articles, and books on the subject. These posts have more to do with the difficulties we face in changing from one theological position to another. I’m certain that not all of you will agree with me on this, and some of you will be disappointed, but my aim is not to convince or seek approval. My aim in writing these posts was simply a willingness to keep pressing for unity in the body of Christ even when there is a personal cost to us.

May we continue to express grace to one another in the love of Christ Jesus.