Day: July 11, 2021

Baptism without the Church by Charlotte Dalwood

Some—perhaps even most—baptized Christians might find the sacrament’s irreversibility reassuring, a source of hope during the darkest hours of the night. Nothing they do, nothing done to them, will ever separate them from Christ, into whose death and resurrection they were baptized. Nor will anything separate them from Christ’s body—the Church universal—of which the baptized are individual members.

A Shipwrecked Faith | 1 Timothy 1:18-19 by The Rev. Dr. Nicole Foster

Imagine surviving a shipwreck. Imagine yourself feeling the fear of seeing the waves break apart pieces of ship, along with the sensation of sinking, of panic, and of gasping for air. Imagine losing not only your belongings, but also watching other people fight for their lives. Imagine nearly drowning, being washed ashore, or being rescued with barely an ounce of strength left. You’re traumatized, weather-beaten, and exhausted to the point of semi-consciousness.

Antidote to Narcissism

“God does not take care of Grandma and Grandpa in the way that I as a small child expected.  After all, Grandma and Grandpa died.  God takes care of them in a more essential way.  God stands in a never-ending relationship with us, a relationship in which we are one with everything that exists.”