Verity A. Jones
Verity A. Jones is executive vice president at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis.
Mystery instead of order
I am a fan of mysteries. I love watching detectives in movies and on television. I love mystery novels so much that I don’t just read them on the beach. But I’m one of those people who doesn’t try to solve the puzzle before the end of the story. I like to experience the mystery as it unfolds. I especially love unsolved mysteries, those brainteasers that simply cannot be wrapped up tightly leaving no lose ends. Stories like mountaintop visions of transfigured splendor.
February 4, 2016
Love, not luck
In 1947, Langston Hughes published the poem "Luck." It could be read as an ode to love. It could be read at weddings along with 1 Corinthians 13, the biblical ode to love. But that would miss the point of both the poem and the scripture.
January 28, 2016
Gifts for excellence
For several years, I directed the Center for Pastoral Excellence at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. The center hosts five initiatives that together address and support the long arc of ministry through a variety of resources and research projects. Its name--the Center for Pastoral Excellence--has been somewhat controversial.
January 21, 2016
February 7, Transfiguration Sunday: Luke 9:28-43a
What might change if we could see something up there greater than the suffering world below? If we could get a glimpse of heaven, we would have proof—an experience that we could refer back to for the rest of our lives.
January 19, 2016
January 31, Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; Luke 4:21-30
The writer of Luke may be challenging his readers to accept even those whom the oppressed might reject, but Paul reminds us to act with love in all things.
January 12, 2016
January 24, Third Sunday after the Epiphany: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31; Luke 4:14-21
In this week’s Gospel reading, many people praise Jesus’ teaching—until he claims that he is the fulfillment of the scripture he reads. It is difficult for American Christians to grasp how shocking Jesus’ announcement is to a first-century synagogue.
January 7, 2016
Family feuds: Genesis 25:19-34; Romans 8:1-11
Jacob and Esau are identified by their relationship with each other.
June 28, 2005
Anxious moments: Matthew 11:16-19, 35-30; Romans 7:15-25a
For a Christian, freedom means being the one whom God intends us to be.
June 20, 2005
Up for adoption: Romans 8:12-25
One is not born a Christian; one becomes a Christian. This reminds me of my three-year-old friend Grace.
July 3, 2002
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