I would like to suggest that the decline of Christianity in the West and the divisive global culture we currently contend with call for us to lean into the profound unity we have in Jesus Christ and to embrace healthy Christian diversity.
American Thanksgiving is unique. Most countries celebrate political liberation or independence and various holidays of a religious nature (such as Thaipusam, Deepavali, Vesak/Wesak Day, Yom Kippur, and Eid al-Fitr). American Thanksgiving, however, is rooted in national identity, Christian history, and intercultural encounters and covenant.
In recent years, with increasing spiritual responsibilities, I have realized the need for leaders to be attentive.
This scenario [in John 11:32-33], I believe, captures the heart of our Lord in the midst of the current tragic, chaotic, and violent situation in the Middle East.
Recent events in Israel and Palestine have seized our attention in the past week.
“President Sunquist, we really have learned so much at Gordon-Conwell, but we all have a question.”
Arriving at a small town in New Hampshire for a presbytery meeting, I did not expect to be greeted by twenty or thirty brightly dressed Indonesians.
As we start a new academic year at the seminary, we are quite aware that many people today are developing (or have developed) a negative image of the local church.
A seminary is its faculty. The curriculum is secondary because if the wrong person is teaching, say spirituality or introduction to the New Testament, it can be a disaster for the class, and therefore, for the church.
To turn the tattoo image around, God’s love for us is marked, if you will, on God. He does not forget us in our woundedness, our pride, or our loss. God’s memory of us is flushed with love, compassion, and healing, for he has suffered for and he suffers with us.