On the Mountaintop

They met on the mountain,
      where Jesus told them to go.
Mountains are places where
     divinity meets humanity.

   Eleven disciples went to Galilee,
      to the mountain.
   When they saw the risen Jesus,
      they worshipped him,
         but some doubted.

   Jesus said to them,
      “I’ve received all authority in
          heaven and on earth… (1)

    “Therefore,” he said to the eleven,
        and to you & to me,
   “Go. Go and make disciples,
      baptize others in love, and
          teach them my ways.(1)

   The risen Lord remained with them.
    He remains with us.
       every day until the end,
          of this present age.”

    Let us do as Jesus calls us.
    Let us go make disciples,
       baptize, & teach
           in the name of the Creator,
               the Son, & the Holy Spirit.


(1) Direct phrases in this element come from the Common English Bible and are Copyright © 2011 by Common English Bible

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Tim strives to share God’s extravagant love for all–no matter what & without strings. Seeking to follow the lure of the Spirit, Tim writes about what it means to be a follower of Jesus in an era where Christianity has come to be associated with hatred and political wedge issues. “Heinous things have been said & done (& still are) in the name of the One who breathed in the Divine,” notes Tim, “but Jesus shows us that God loves extravagantly.” Following the teachings and life of Jesus is about inclusion not exclusion. It is about compassion, grace, and admitting no one has all the answers. It is about responding lovingly to the best of our human ability. It is about people not institutions. It is about social justice. It is about caring for creation. It is about being who we were each created to be. Tim is a former early childhood educator, a runner, a hiker, a devoted husband, father of two adult children and their spouses, and a grandfather of four perfect grandchildren. Tim serves as Senior Pastor of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Albany, Oregon. He writes from home, from the coffee shop, and wherever the trail leads him.

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