A Falling Out

Paul and the Corinthians had a falling out. 
It’s not gone well.

Paul is as human as any of us.
We are molded by the same Creator.

Conflict. Hurt. Polarization. Rejection. 
These are the ways of humanity.

There is always a way forward. It is a way that follows Jesus through conflict, anger, hurt, polarization, sadness, and rejection.
God has a dream and a hope for us.

Embrace the dream.
Immerse yourselves in the waters of hope.
We follow the One whose expansive love is for black lives, trans lives, poor lives, straight lives, and immigrant lives. 

Holy One, show us the way through.
Touch us at this hour. Move our hearts and our souls. 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 four perfect grandchildren. 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.

Posted in 2 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians 2, 2 Corinthians 2:1-10, 2 Corinthians 2:1-11, Call to Worship, Invocation, New Testament

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