Monthly Archives: March 2017

Lent 2017, day 29

lenten-reflections-on-the-confession-of-belhar“God disapproves of hateful divisions that are daily shown in our collective injustices and self-centered actions.”
Randal Maurice Jelks
Lenten Reflections on the Confession of Belhar

Randal leads up to the above statement by telling the story of a rally held by a racist, hate group in Grand Rapids. A counter rally was also held. And then, after both groups had left, students from Calvin College cleaned the stairs as a symbol that God disapproves “of hatred and the promotion of divisions.”

Where are the stairs I need to clean? How can I daily demonstrate God’s disapproval of injustice and division?

This Lenten season I am using a new resource to explore the Belhar Confession: Lenten Reflections on the Confession of Belhar, edited by Kerri N. Allen and Donald K. McKim. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), in which I serve as a teaching elder (pastor), added the Confession of Belhar to our Book of Confessions in 2016. This confession came from the Dutch Reformed Mission Church during its historic struggle against apartheid in South Africa.

See you along the Trail.

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Lent 2017, day 28

lenten-reflections-on-the-confession-of-belhar“Today, as you walk this Lenten journey, pay attention to the daily news and social media. Pay attention to testimony that we human beings still engage in partiality. The hash tags #blacklivesmatter and #blackgirlmagic emerged as a protest against partiality based on race, gender, and other aspects of human incarnation. Yes, it’s still true: everybody does it, even Christians. Our worship services are still segregated, as are our social lives. But, our brother James and our South African siblings call to us: ‘Repent.’ We must hear them, and we must stand in solidarity against discrimination. To do less undermines the credibility of the gospel. To do less violates the royal law. To do less, sisters and brothers, is sin.”
Margaret Aymer
Lenten Reflections on the Confession of Belhar

This Lenten season I am using a new resource to explore the Belhar Confession: Lenten Reflections on the Confession of Belhar, edited by Kerri N. Allen and Donald K. McKim. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), in which I serve as a teaching elder (pastor), added the Confession of Belhar to our Book of Confessions in 2016. This confession came from the Dutch Reformed Mission Church during its historic struggle against apartheid in South Africa.

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Purple flowers, Old Louisville 15

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15 April 2017
Corner of S. 3rd and Oak
Louisville, Kentucky

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Purple flowers, North Presbyterian Church 1

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North Presbyterian Church
Cleveland, Ohio
24 March 2017

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Lent 2017, day 27

lenten-reflections-on-the-confession-of-belhar“This is ‘persistent journey’ talk, not ‘final destination/quick solution’ talk.”
Robert Wilson-Black
Lenten Reflections on the Confession of Belhar

God grant us strength for the journey.

This Lenten season I am using a new resource to explore the Belhar Confession: Lenten Reflections on the Confession of Belhar, edited by Kerri N. Allen and Donald K. McKim. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), in which I serve as a teaching elder (pastor), added the Confession of Belhar to our Book of Confessions in 2016. This confession came from the Dutch Reformed Mission Church during its historic struggle against apartheid in South Africa.

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Lent 2017, day 26

lenten-reflections-on-the-confession-of-belhar“Barbara Rossing  has cautioned us not to dismiss this earth, this world, in exchange for a promised new creation because God will dwell here. The new creation will be born here.

“God sees the suffering, violence, and injustice. And God promises to wipe away every tear, to heal every suffering. Death does not have the final word. Resurrection does. …

“What is astounding about the writers of the Confession of Belhar is their unwavering trust in God’s promise of a redeemed and flourishing future.”
Jennifer R. Ayres
Lenten Reflections on the Confession of Belhar

This Lenten season I am using a new resource to explore the Belhar Confession: Lenten Reflections on the Confession of Belhar, edited by Kerri N. Allen and Donald K. McKim. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), in which I serve as a teaching elder (pastor), added the Confession of Belhar to our Book of Confessions in 2016. This confession came from the Dutch Reformed Mission Church during its historic struggle against apartheid in South Africa.

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Purple flowers, North Presbyterian Church 2

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North Presbyterian Church
Cleveland, Ohio
24 March 2017

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