…love changes our minds. It is the change in our minds that makes changing our minds possible. Love is not an alternative to making ‘intellectual decisions,’ it is the basis — the starting point — for any intellectual decision.

SEMINARY: WHEN THE GUNNER IN CLASS QUOTES AN OBSCURE THEOLOGIAN IN A “QUESTION” IN LECTURE

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Through no fault of their own, [the immigrant children] are caught in political crossfire. And while we continue to put pressure on Washington and change its course of lawlessness, we must also help. It is not either, or. It is both. We have to be active in the political game, and we must open our hearts.
The First Americans to Observe the 4th Were Moravian Pacifists

Fascinating history—a peace church was the first group to celebrate Independence Day:

At the nation’s first official Independence Day celebration, there were no fireworks, no sparklers, and no rowdy parties. The parade was solemn, with reverent music and the call-and-response singing of two choirs. Songs were sung in German.

Those marking the nation’s hard-won independence at that first celebration had not participated in the long and bloody war, and they were not celebrating the newly free nation’s victory over the British oppressors at Yorktown. They were thanking God for peace.

Writing a seminary paper on the Sadducees. REALLY want to make the “sad-you-see” joke. Too unprofessional Y/N?

We are called to be faithful, not efficient. We are to manifest the ‘one new humanity’ Jesus died to create — whether it makes people comfortable or not, and whether it increases or decreases the size of our congregations.

credo [ˈkɾeːdoː] — a statement of belief; Latin: "I believe."