Were the earliest followers of Jesus Jewish or Christian?

Were the early followers of Jesus Jews, not Christians? I have seen this question posed in a number of ways and I would like to suggest the question assumes a dichotomy which is largely false, or at least not so black and white as the question implies. For the truth is the bulk of the … Continue reading Were the earliest followers of Jesus Jewish or Christian?

Did the prophet Jesus consider any food forbidden?

Many have suggested to me that Jesus advocated the same food laws as Mohammed and Moses. The gospel of Mark, however, tells another story: The Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus and saw some of his disciples eating food with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. (The … Continue reading Did the prophet Jesus consider any food forbidden?

John the Baptist, African Style

John the Baptist - Jesus Mafa This painting illustrates the beginning of the Jesus story, where John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, warning the people of Judea and Jerusalem that God was coming soon. John was said to wear clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, in the way of the … Continue reading John the Baptist, African Style

Is there a more Christian way to debate abortion?

"The irony of the abortion debate, as it now stands in our church and society, is that it frames these two groups, women and children, as enemies of one another ... The Christian response to abortion must reframe the issue to focus on responsibility rather than rights. The pro-choice/pro-life debate presently pits the right of … Continue reading Is there a more Christian way to debate abortion?

Mystical Poetry by Hildegard of Bingen

God’s Word is in all creation No creature has meaning without the Word of God. God’s Word is in all creation, visible and invisible. The Word is living, being, spirit, all verdant all creativity. This Word flashes out in every creature. This is how the spirit is in the flesh – the Word is indivisible … Continue reading Mystical Poetry by Hildegard of Bingen