That there is no formula for holiness is both a relief and a challenge. How do I know what my life in Christ can be? We could decide that holiness is for saints and not for ordinary people like us. Yet deep inside remains a desire to be our best self, to accept Jesus’ call to be fully alive.Read More
About the Blog
Each week, I will write about the Bible and what its ancient truths might have to say to us today. The Bible’s truths are not like those in a news article that reports the facts of the day; they are timeless truths about the human being in relationship to God. The stories of the Bible form a kind of template, or pattern, that, when studied with humility and reverence, reveal glimpses of the dynamics of the kingdom of God. For example, the story of the Exodus was read by blacks enslaved in the American South as proof that God intended them to live in freedom from bondage, in covenant relationship with God. The Christian church sees baptism as a type of Exodus that frees people from bondage to sin and death, in the new covenant of Jesus’ death and Resurrection.
Also like my book, the blog will follow the traditional seasons of the church year, as recorded in the liturgical calendar as shared by many Christian denominations. Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Ordinary Time, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost: when lived consciously, each season illuminates different themes from the Bible, bringing us, through gentle repetition, into a rhythm of life that brings us closer and closer to God.
At the end of each blog post is a form that invites your written response. It is my wish to create a safe space for your reflection and wondering, in company with other women on the Way.
In the parable of the prodigal son, Jesus portrays a God who recognizes us as Her children and doesn’t want us to be treated like anything less! God welcomes us home with open arms, like the father in the parable. We are God’s children and She doesn’t expect us to be anything less than that.Read More
The Word, and only the Word, has the power to gather us, both communally–in relationship with each other–and personally, psychologically gathering us together within ourselves. Yet today many people, and especially children, are in exile from the Word of God.Read More
Deborah Rosales Nelson’s evocative meditations on the mystery of faith, expressed in poetry and fiber art, search for the heart of faith.Read More
Mary freely claimed the role of slave to become a co-laborer with God and an exemplar of human freedom.Read More
The rhythm of our life in faith is this: God gives, we respond. The sign of our covenant relationship is our love for God, shared with each other. The Eucharist is the sacrament of this unity.Read More
We’re not resurrected on our own on some vast, foreign plain. We come to the life everlasting to join the communion of saints, and everyone whose lives we’ve touched and everyone who has touched ours. Just as our life on this earth is in community, so is our life everlasting.Read More
However we are bound and wherever we are held captive, Jesus cries out to each one of us by name, calling us to freedom in new life with him.Read More
When Jesus proclaimed the parable of the Good Shepherd each verse was laden with associations for his Jewish audience who, for thousands of years, knew God as their Shepherd. The Hebrew scriptures can help us discern what heeding God’s call means for us today.Read More
Learning more about how the Bible inspired generations of African Americans to struggle and achieve their goals reminds us that the liberating power of God’s word never ceases for those who have the courage to act on their faith.Read More