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The Bishop's Blog: Signs of God's Grace

The Bishop's Blog: Signs of God's Grace

Bishop of Newark

Grace happens. All the time. Grace is God's gift to us. The signs of God's grace are abundant. Some are dramatic. Many at first glance seem mundane. All are potentially life transforming.

God created us, but God was not – and is not, finished with creating. God keeps showing up. God is very much at work. Our job as God's creatures, is to pay attention to God's grace. And to join with God in God's work.

Photo: "Happy goat family" (original photo). Photographer: "bagsgroove."
December 17, 2014
A scapegoat is someone who is punished for the sins or offenses of others. It dates back to Leviticus 16, when the “Azazel” goat was sent...
The Ten Commandments
December 15, 2014
“Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.” That is the King James Version of the third commandment (Exodus 20:7). Like...
Opening up our "language house"
December 10, 2014
The way we use language influences the way we think. When I was in high school in the late 1960s, the country was in the throes of the civil rights...
JOEL HERBERT PHOTO
December 6, 2014
We tend to read scripture and culture through the lens of the church. Al Roxburgh calls this “ecclesiocentrism” (page 48, Missional:...
Bible
December 4, 2014
Dwelling in the word. It is a recurring metaphor in Alan Roxburgh's book, Missional: Joining God in the Neighborhood. It derives from the wisdom...
Ferguson protest. Photographer: Joshua Sinn / Creative Commons License BY-NC 2.0
December 3, 2014
What is God up to? For me, it is helpful to look back at the biblical record of Jesus, who, during his lifetime, was the living embodiment of God in...
The God question
December 2, 2014
As the culture and the church continue to experience dramatic change, Al Roxburgh suggests that most of our questions are "church questions...
Bishop Beckwith's Online Book Discussion during Advent
November 30, 2014
Today is the first Sunday of Advent, the beginning of a new church year. To mark this liturgical season, I am re-reading Missional: Joining God in...
Bishop Beckwith & Canon Jacobs giving "Blessings to Go" in Newark Penn Station
November 26, 2014
The Thanksgiving holiday has been inconvenienced by an early snowfall; and the spirit of gratitude which accompanies the holiday has been blunted by...
Bishop Beckwith and Canon Jacobs giving "Blessings for a Wounded World"
November 13, 2014
As we approach Thanksgiving and Advent, there are issues in the world that have grabbed our attention, and provide opportunities for us to respond...

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