On Jan. 29, Renee Davis takes the stage for the 22nd time as Harriet Tubman in Desert Dance Theatre’s production of “Sister Moses,” a multidisciplinary performance at Chandler Center for the Arts emphasizing Tubman’s famous and heroic life.
"The kingdom of God is like kudzu planted in a field." Would Jesus have ever said such a thing? Yes, I think so. You see, he once compared God's work in this world to a growing ""mustard seed" and like ""yeast mixed in with the dough." Making the jump from mustard and yeast to kudzu is not as far a leap as you might think.
The past few months have been a difficult season. Just when I think I’m about to catch a break from trials, something else happens. Many days I want to curl up in a corner and hide until I remember that nothing can happen unless God allows it.
We hear a lot about forgiveness, but do we really know what it means? Webster’s dictionary defines forgiveness as a release from the guilt or penalty of an offense. Wikipedia says forgiveness is the intentional and voluntary process by which a victim undergoes a change in feelings and attitude regarding an offense, lets go of negative emotions such as vengefulness, with an increased ability to wish the offender well.
Sometimes God comes right out and tells us what to do. Matthew 7.12 says, “Treat others the way you would like them to treat you.” Now it doesn’t get much more black and white than that. At other times, He can be more subtle. Jesus often spoke in parables and afterwards his disciples had to say, “What in the heck were you talking about back there.”
An Illinois bishop who performed a “minor exorcism” on the governor of that state over same-sex marriage will be the guest speaker at the annual Red Mass here marking the beginning of the legislative session.
Phyllis Tickle is a lecturer and author primarily on religion and spirituality. She has commented that roughly every 500 years the church has a rummage sale where some of the old is let go to make room for the new. She points to Gregory the Great who transformed Christian worship in the sixth century, the Great Schism in the 11th century and the Reformation in the 16th.
Nikos Kazantzakis was a Greek writer and philosopher who penned the fabled book, “Zorba the Greek,” which would later become a treasured film starring Anthony Quinn. A second book of his was also adapted by Hollywood: “The Last Temptation of Christ,” a Scorsese flick that got Christians all over North America up in arms (Not to mention that the original book got poor Nikos excommunicated from his beloved Greek Orthodox Church).
Becoming a better runner has a lot of parallels to building a stronger relationship with God, which is the reason Desert Foothills United Methodist Church is hosting a Run With God group at its church, beginning Jan. 3.