Week 2 – Repentance: Changing my mind “Repent” has been given a bum rap—the word “repent” doesn’t come from Latin roots (paenitere – to feel sorry). Repent has Greek roots and comes from metanoia—to change perspective, to change world view.   How am I privileged, and how do I treat others who aren’t? Hidden Figures…

Week 2 – Repentance: Changing my mind “Repent” has been given a bum rap—the word “repent” doesn’t come from Latin roots (paenitere – to feel sorry). Repent has Greek roots and comes from metanoia—to change perspective, to change world view. Where am I prejudiced? Tough question.  The story of the Good Samaritan (found in Luke…

Week 2 –  Repentance:  Changing my mind “Repent” has been given a bum rap—the word “repent” doesn’t come from Latin roots (paenitere – to feel sorry).  Repent has Greek roots and comes from metanoia—to change perspective, to change world view. How am I a part of the pain that is inflicted on others? Until it…

  Is your world view framed by Fear or Love? Confronting our ability to be an enemy: 40 days before Easter Polarization.  Division.  Separation. These are all images of estrangement.  Ties that used to bind us into faiths, nations, communities, are now being cut, and more and more we are reducing our contact with others—associating…

Is your world view shaped by Exclusion or Inclusion? Exclusion is a tricky thing.  We feel we are including people, but may not realize those we are including all look like we do, read what we read, eat what we eat. Exclusion can be represented by a circle.  So can inclusion.  But, as C.S. Lewis…

Use your blessings to bless someone else When we see others in shining in an area of ministry, it is easy to say, “I can’t do that.  I don’t have their skills.”  And we are probably right.  We can’t all do the same things.  That is why God created the Christian community—the Body of Christ—because…

Befriend/honor those who are different and learn their stories All life is sacred. Human life is especially so. Protecting it is of utmost importance to God. He takes this so seriously and personally because He made humanity to reflect Him. We are His earthly representatives, made in His image. To murder another person is to…

Week 4 – Sharing:  Changing my own actions So, if there is no one in our lives at the moment with whom we have difficulty, are we enmity-free?  Probably not.  “Hard” enmity is overt hostility and belligerence.  “Soft” enmity is indifference or apathy.  Both are about keeping a distance and a separation Share more A…

Is your world view framed by Death or Life? “Take wrong turns. Talk to strangers.  Open unmarked doors. And if you see a group of people in a field, go find out what they are doing.  Do things without always knowing how they’ll turn out.” —Randall Munroe, xkcd: volume 0 What do you fear?  Make…

Polarization.  Division.  Separation. These are all images of estrangement.  Ties that used to bind us into faiths, nations, communities, are now being cut, and more and more we are reducing our contact with others—associating only with those who think like us, act like us, look like us.  We now learn our news from narrow-casts, not…