What questions arise if we take Jesus' warning literally?
Can we allow Jesus’ metaphors into our imagination?
We preach the gospel of peace and justice. Are there divides between our words and actions?
As a second-generation Korean American, it is hard to identify stories from my past that can serve as reservoirs of understanding for my life now. “In you our ancestors trusted,” I could proclaim from those stories, “and you delivered them.”
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It is often observed by my friends, and even by my wife, that I might be a little too “angry” for someone who supposedly is called to a ministry of presenting the gospel to others. They don’t go so far as to call me a hypocrite, but I do think they’re pointing out that I’m not always that nice, that I don’t necessarily embody forgiveness (or even the golden rule), that “Christian” implies a graciousness I simply lack. To be honest, I’m okay with the criticism.
In the social media I often read about a Christian community that has excluded an innocent person or demonized a marginalized group....