There’s a reason that flood stories are so universal: we fear wiping ourselves out through our own violence. We need to learn to read the flood story through the eyes of the God revealed in the rainbow promise.
Epiphany | Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany (Year A)
Yoder defined violence in terms of violating someone's dignity. This sounds ready made as a description of his own abusive behavior.
Growing in prayer is not simply acquiring a set of special spiritual skills. It is growing into Christian humanity.
I played competitive tennis as a teenager. At one point, a new player started working with my coach. He was a natural athlete—quick, agile, and well coordinated. I was impressed. My coach was not. He said, “That kid will never be any good.”
The story of Jesus, at least the way John tells it, begins unspectacularly. “There was a man sent by God, and his name was John.” What does John do for a living? He is a preacher. We can’t get to Jesus without going through a witness, no epiphany without preaching.