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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.

Bishop Beckwith giving Ashes to Go
February 19, 2015
The yes came first. Which may same like a contradiction to the Biblical record, because Jesus’ 40-day encounter with the desert and the devil (which...
Bishop Beckwith at the U.S. Capitol, March 2013
January 21, 2015
Like many of us, on Tuesday evening I watched the President’s State of the Union address. President Obama offered an impassioned appeal for us as...
The gift and challenge of gratitude
January 8, 2015
The tradition of giving gifts at Christmas is rooted in the gifts the Wise Men left the infant Jesus twelve days after his birth, as recorded in...
Christmas tree
December 23, 2014
As the Christmas story continues to be told and dramatized and sung, I have an abiding sense that the cave where the Prince of Peace was born was –...
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 out into...
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 most of us,...
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...
December 6, 2014
We tend to read scripture and culture through the lens of the church. Al Roxburgh calls this “ecclesiocentrism” (page 48, Missional: Joining God in...
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 of...
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...