From Inside the Collar
Jesus must offer himself up "to draw all people to himself". Many (most?) moderns find the doctrine of atonement for sins a stumbling block.
If sin is falling out of relationship with God, then it helps to think of atonement this way: "at one -ment". (I realize the last word is not a word but a suffix, but give me a moment.) In Jesus' self offering of his earthly life and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, he makes whole what was broken. That is why Christianity is (supposed to be) a religion of humility and forgiveness. God takes our broken relationship and makes it stronger than it was before: he makes us one with him-even as He and Jesus are one. Atonement: at One ment.
Loaves & Fishes RI
We survived January (barely), and now February, as well. . . Here comes our March truck run to the Emmanuel House shelter! Our friends at the shelter will have some cold weather ahead, though hopefully not for very long. Still, all the wonderful foods you so generously provide will be welcome for both meals and snacks in this often roller-coaster month.
Thank you also for your extra kindness last month in the form of gift cards for the men at the shelter, The gift cards were greatly appreciated, and used at a number of local food and coffee spots. This was a one-time opportunity that we may well do again next winter.
Bless you for your loving hearts, for everything you do for our friends at the shelter.