God is Love

God is Love

“You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Lev 19:18). That’s what God said to the people of Israel in the book of Leviticus. As far as formulas go, it’s terrific. For thousands of years, it has worked well in most of the world’s religions. Hindus affirm that “one...
Coram Deo

Coram Deo

Zephaniah was a prophet during the reign of King Josiah in the seventh century before Christ. The prophet announced God’s judgment on Judah and Jerusalem, saying that God would cut off “the idolatrous priests” (Zeph 1:4), but he also predicted judgment on enemy...
Words Create Reality

Words Create Reality

The first book in the Bible is all about beginnings. Bereshit is the first Hebrew word in the book, translated into English as “in the beginning,” which gives the book its name in the Jewish tradition. When the Hebrew Bible was translated into Greek, the book was...
Be a Galilean

Be a Galilean

For the scripture lesson, Harley Camden read from fourth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew. “Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea,” he intoned, pointing up to the...
One Spirit-filled body

One Spirit-filled body

One Sunday morning, a rock was thrown through the window of the Riverview Bakery. A few hours later, Harley Camden was standing before his congregation, which was surprisingly large for August. Harley read the scripture verse from First Corinthians and admitted that...