The Mountain in the Middle

In our Sunday school discussion on worship, we moved from Mount Sinai (Ex 20) to the Sermon on the Mount (Mt 5-7). In past weeks, we examined in Exodus how the law was given to Israel to bring her into a relationship of worship with God. Moving to Matthew, our understanding of worship helps us to see that Jesus was not unfairly making the satisfaction of the law a moving target - and who could fulfill it anyway? - but showing us how worship of God looks when we embrace the law. Understanding the context of worship keeps us from a whole slew of misunderstandings of what Jesus teaches in the Sermon on the Mount. If we see Jesus as making ethical requirements as conditions for satisfying God,

Fragrant, Tempting, Sticky Turkish Delight!

One sign that my readings of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe were just a tad shallow as a boy was that my major takeaway was an intense desire to try some Turkish Delight. I remember asking my parents to get me some. I'm pretty sure that to this day they don't know what that is. My guess is that it was probably a bit more popular in England than here in the States. So for a long time, I didn't get to try this delectable treat. But one day I spotted Turkish Delight at a Greek restaurant. I just stared at it for a while. It didn't look quite like what I had expected from Lewis' description. The Queen let another drop fall from her bottle on to the snow, and instantly there appeared a ro

Lob-star - Marriage

Written by contributing author, Irene Sun. Besides refusing to call Hans my "boyfriend" when we were dating, he had to put up with a lot more when we were preparing for our wedding. I didn't want a diamond unless it resembled the sunset and sunrise. I refused to call the period of time married couple spent after the wedding our "honeymoon." So I called it our LobSTAR, because we ate a lot of lobsters that week (we were in Maine), and I like stars. We've had four fabulous years, or what will be four fabulous years on May 27. Some days, it feels as though we said our vows yesterday. Other days, it feels as though we've always been married from the beginning of time. When I try very, ve

I Am Yours, Save Me - Marriage

Written by contributing author, Irene Sun. At the lowest point of our wedding planning, I laid on the floor of my apartment, face down, praying, chanting, "I am yours, save me. I am yours, save me." We were weighing the theological implications of a detail in the wedding liturgy. The decision was one among hundreds, but its implications were weighty. We are the sum of our decisions. Thousand upon thousands of decisions, chiseling away at our souls, shaping our personhood. Every decision that I make today -- what I have for breakfast, which books I read to my children, every word I utter, how much time I sit, I stand, what I allow my eyes to see, the thoughts I allow in my mind, the minutes I

Crush Management - Dating

crush [kruhsh] noun 1. The state of being infatuated. Intense, all-absorbing, short-lived passion for something or someone. 2. The object of such an infatuation Crushes, and how one handles them, are so revealing. They are telling ways to look into the state of a person's soul. Here are some things to remember when you fall into one of those intense, all-absorbing state of being infatuated: 1. This too shall pass. I know it may seem impossible. The songs on the radio and chick flicks are no help. But crushes do not last forever. Do I still have a crush on Hans, my husband? Um. I hope not. I can already see you protesting. I shall explain. 2. Because having a crush is not love.

The Ethnic Church

In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said "I must admit that I have gone through those moments when I was greatly disappointed with the church and what it has done in this period of social change. We must face the fact that in America, the church is still the most segregated major institution in America. At 11:00 on Sunday morning when we stand and sing and Christ has no east or west, we stand at the most segregated hour in this nation. This is tragic. Nobody of honesty can overlook this." King's Speech at WMU Whatever we might think of King, Jr.'s politics or theology, or even his reasons for making this statement, there is a sound biblical principle that militates against the formation o

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