A Quality Education for All

High up in the Winchester Cathedral in England sits a stained glass window that is extremely unusual for the time in which it was created — the 17th century. It doesn’t represent a scene from the Bible. It doesn’t memorialize a saint. It’s a kaleidoscope of colors, a very contemporary looking stained glass window. It’s … Continue reading A Quality Education for All

Holy Interruptions: Jesus

Mark 11:1-11 Broadway Baptist Church Palm Sunday March 29, 2015 Brent Beasley The story actually begins earlier and miles away, in Galilee, where Jesus of Nazareth lived and for three years taught in the synagogues in the fishing villages around the lake and on the hillsides and on the roads. He had gathered followers, disciples, … Continue reading Holy Interruptions: Jesus

Before You Get to the Altar

Matthew 5:21-26 Rising Star Baptist Church Sixth Sunday after Epiphany February 16, 2020 Brent Beasley When your heart is clenched in anger, it is shut tight against love. And you only have one heart. [Barbara Blaisdell, “Pastoral Perspective,” Feasting on the Gospels, Matthew, Volume 1, p. 94] Now, Jesus does not simply say, Do not … Continue reading Before You Get to the Altar

The Hedgehog and the Fox

Like a lot of people these days, I am following closely the process of Democrats choosing a candidate to run against Donald Trump, and at the same time I happen to be reading a remarkable book on strategy and leadership by Yale professor John Lewis Gaddis called On Grand Strategy. Gaddis uses a central metaphorical … Continue reading The Hedgehog and the Fox

Getting Jesus Wrong

Matthew 11:2-11 New Hope Fellowship Second Sunday of Advent December 8, 2019 Brent Beasley I read a thing one time about an orphanage and the couples, the “potential parents,” who would come to the orphanage school during the day and visit with the children and see if they connected with one of them. These couples … Continue reading Getting Jesus Wrong