Am I a conservative or a liberal?

I hate conservative/liberal labels, but if someone wants to try and force them on me, I would say “I believe in the faith as established by the early church fathers, described in the Nicene Creed, and passed down to me. In a sense, that makes me a ‘conservative’ because I believe in the faith as passed down to me by those who came before. But, I also believe the early church fathers did not necessarily establish a clean set of ethics that crosses historical and cultural differences. I believe it is possible for our system of ethics to continue to adapt and ‘progress’. In that sense, I may be labeled a liberal/progressive. “

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The Canaanite woman, in His image

The Son saw the Canaanite woman, and He saw an image of Himself.  She was not a Jew, but she was a child of God, created in His image.  He had compassion,and her daughter was healed.

Year A – Gospel Lesson, Tenth Sunday After Pentecost, Matthew 15:21-28

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Peter, In His Image

The Son saw Peter, and He saw the image of Himself.  He reached out His hand, caught Peter, and brought him in.

Year A – Gospel Lesson, Ninth Sunday After Pentecost, Matthew 14:22-33

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Compassion

The Son looks at the crowd and sees the thousands, all created in the image of the Triune God. Out of compassion, he gives a gift.

Year A – Gospel Lesson, Eighth Sunday After Pentecost, Matthew 14:13-21

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Kingdom of heaven, God’s Gift To Us

The mustard seed is a gift, and the yeast is a gift.  We are a treasure, and we are a pearl.

At the judgement, He will not abandon His tree, His bread, His treasure, or His pearl.

Year A – Gospel Lesson, Seventh Sunday After Pentecost, Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

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My pastor, 40 years

 

 

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http://www.al.com/living/index.ssf/2014/07/pastor_dennis_fakes.html

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And, the judgement

The lesson for today is challenging.  I love to talk of the love of the Father, the Son, and the Spirit.  But, there can be no love without judgement.   One thing I know for sure, that it is impossible for me to discern what is evil and what is sin.  Human nature is to project our own emotions and our own struggles onto the concept of sin.   Our nature is to judge those who are different from ourselves.  At the coming judgement, only the Son will judge, and He will judge in a way this is perfectly holy and just.

Year A – Gospel Lesson, Sixth Sunday After Pentecost, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

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