Archive for the ‘Resistance and acceptance’ Category

The disciples followed a daily discipline of worship in the Temple followed by meals at home, every meal a celebration, exuberant and joyful, as they praised God. –Acts 2:46 With Pentecost upon us, I’d like to conclude this series of posts with a reflection on Christian unity. In both Paraguay and Argentina, the ecclesial emphasis is the national […]


“For in him we live and move and have our being.” -Acts 17:28 The world today is increasingly interconnected. This is first and foremost cause for celebration. But it brings challenges. People have different perspectives and guiding experiences. While we are knitted together through common connections, interests, and aspirations, we speak many languages, eat different […]


“Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here.” (Mark 16:6) As we enter Easter and celebrate the Resurrection, let’s take a moment to consider once more Christianity’s interplay with culture. Dr. Pagan and others have noted that when missionaries introduce Christianity […]


For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. -1 Cor. 1:18 Throughout the history of the Congregationalist strand of the United Church of Christ, we have had sustained periods of emphasis on the individual’s decision for Christ. Christians […]


“After thinking it over, I brought charges against the nobles and officials; I said to them, “You are all taking interest from your own people.” And I called a great assembly to deal with them…” – Nehemiah 5:7 Lent is a time of introspection and a time of letting go of the things that stand between […]


Forgiveness

19Feb13

He shall judge between many peoples, and shall arbitrate between strong nations far away; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more; but they shall all sit under their own vines and under their own […]


One aspect of worship in Argentina and Paraguay that I came to appreciate is the central focus on Jesus Christ. In some United States contexts, I think we sometimes feel that we should focus more on God the Father/Mother to be more inclusive. I understand and share the motives guiding this decision. All the same, a […]