Letter 82

From the Values and Voices website:

American Values, Religious Voices: 100 Days, 100 Letters is a national, nonpartisan campaign created from the conviction that scholars who study and teach our diverse religious traditions have something important to say about our shared American values. This project aims to contribute constructively to our national discourse, reaffirming who we are as Americans and modeling how we can learn from one another and work together for the common good.

I hadn’t heard of this project before today. I plan to read through the 2021 letters this week.

Dr. Clark-Soles was my favorite professor in seminary. When I teach Bible studies and classes to churches, I channel my inner Clark-Soles. Here is her letter to Biden Administration and Congress.

Imagine if we learned to weep with one another. If we learned to walk humbly before God, hand in hand with those in need. Greater things, indeed.

Stay blessed…john

My first visits

Yesterday, I made my first home communion visits in over a year. I stopped visiting, of course, because of COVID.

Now that it’s been more than two weeks since I was vaccinated, I asked if members would be comfortable with me visiting. They were. I still wore a mask and used hand sanitizer.

What a blessing to see those saints!

Some didn’t remember or recognize me. But they perked up at the name of their church and knew what to do with the bread and cup.

I thank God for those who have loved God and the church. Now that they aren’t able to join the church’s worship or mission, they need the church to be present with them. That’s what these visits are all about.

Stay blessed…john

Medieval Covers

There is a YouTube channel called Middle Ages. It is a Medieval cover band.

You probably didn’t know that. You do now.

You’re welcome.

Stay blessed…john