When was the last time you saw a mother living out her maternal drive?
How has your experience with your mother shaped your perception of God?
Throughout the Bible, God (YHWH) is described as compassionate. In Hebrew, the original language of the Scriptures, it’s the word ‘raham.’ It’s also the word for ‘womb.’ So God is compassionate, does this means God is womb-like?
The gentleman piped up saying, “Wait! God doesn't have a womb!”
I said, “Please, fully listen to me and I will explain.”
One of the challenging subjects still in circulation throughout several branches of Christianity is the issue of women in ministry. It seems every generation must revisit this issue. Some hold on doggedly to the complementarian ideology that men are the only ones who are permitted to be Apostle, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and or Teachers. Their argument for the position is supposedly supported by Paul, the Apostle and the writer of much of the New Testament contained within the Bible. The first thing I do not want to do is rehash the same old argument from Paul’s letter to Timothy. It is well known or at least enough articles are circulating about this case. I could do it for you, but the mood just doesn’t strike me at this time. Instead, what I would rather do is recount the narrative of a recent encounter I had with a wonderful Christian couple who are or were complementarian. They hold the position women should not be ministers such as pastor over a congregation or have authority over men...
Read On Blogger In the current climate of the surrounding culture, we live in a Western society (America and Europe), many would characterize the environment is now post-Christian. The church,Christians of all denominations, traditions, and backgrounds are in the midst of an ongoing cultural paradigm shift and a great struggle identity and relevance. The current president, Barack Obama, in June of 2006 emphasized the pluralist formulation of the culture, he said, “Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation - at least, not just. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers.” Many have jumped onto the notion he is attempting to dilute the Christian heritage of America.Maybe this is true or maybe not. At best it is a matter of opinion. Either way, I am neither defending nor opposing his statement here. What his statement does do for this dialogue gives it a call towards reflection about Christianity’s relationship with and in American Society and the World.
Theology is important. It is central to our faith as followers of Jesus, the Anointed One. Our theology forms our worldview at all levels or at least it should. So, our first question in asking or developing what Jesus’ Theology is “What is Theology.”
The way Christian hospitality often functions in most churches today is that every once in a while, some people in the church invite other members of the church over to dinner. Hospitality is not true hospitality unless it makes us less comfortable and someone else more. Do you have stories about great hospitality, or ideas on how we can develop hospitality in our lives?