Who are you?

“Who are you?”, they asked Jesus.
“I Am,” he replied.

They followed Jesus.
Peter and the others journeyed with him from place to place.

You will deny me before the cock crows.
“Never,” replied Simon Peter.

They came for Jesus.
And Peter turned to violence.

“Who are you?”, they asked Jesus.
“I Am,” he replied.

“Are you a disciple of Jesus?” they asked.
No, he said.

Who are you? Are you a follower?
Three times Peter denies who he is.

“Who are you?” the world asks us.

Let us pray,

Forgive us. We claim to follow Jesus but act in ways counter to his teachings. Rather than share, we hoard. Rather than love, we are quick to anger. Rather than forgive, we hold onto our hurt. 

Rather than risk to love and strive for justice, we back down or rationalize. Move our hearts and hands to respond as followers of Jesus, who always responds in love and in solidarity with the oppressed, hurting, and poor. Amen.

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 two perfect babies. Tim serves as Lead 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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