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 […]


“For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.” Psalm 139:13-14 One of the gems associated with the Disciples of Christ in Paraguay and Argentina is the Primera […]


The three lenses of adapting, grafting, and transforming can help us understand the relationship between Christianity and culture. Yet, I would also suggest two additional possibilities: link and respond. At the beginning, Christianity linked Jewish and Greek culture, and quickly expanded to include others as well. In the meeting of cultures through Christian praxis, we […]


Dora Imfeld died this morning in Resistencia, after several months of treatment and operations related to her cancer. Funeral services were held this evening in Vedia, her home town, where she was the pastor of the Disciples of Christ congregation. The church was filled to capacity with family, friends, neighbors, well-wishers, and church members. Dora […]