Today we learn about God as love (1 John 4:7-21) and of love in action through outreach (Acts 8:26-40). “Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love” (1 John 4:8). What a gift! God and love are one as the power of the universe unfolds. Of all the countless descriptions about love, this is one of the best. Simply stated, God is love. Christianity is the religion that supposed to be about love above all other faiths. Some peoples’ gods are portrayed as animals, weird other-worldly creatures, or some unfathomable, unreachable entity that is too abstract to make sense. Not soRead More →

Today’s passage from John focuses on Jesus the good shepherd (John 10:11-18). The imagery is iconic, with our Lord described as the guardian shepherd. Jesus repeatedly uses the metaphor of shepherds and sheep to emphasize the way in which he cares for us. Jesus is not just any common shepherd. Instead, our Lord describes himself as the one who is willing to die for his sheep. Flocks are valuable assets. So in one sense it is not surprising that shepherds will do what they must to protect their investment. And yet Jesus is no ordinary shepherd and we are more than monetized possessions. Jesus’ commitmentRead More →