The View From the Underside

By Steven Norris Many churches will read the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) this Sunday. I have no doubt that many will hear sermons about how we, like the Samaritan, should do good to all who come across our path. That’s an admirable reading, but I...

Hospitality as a Gospel Practice

By Steven Norris “You are welcome!” I cannot begin to convey how many times I heard that phrase during our recent time in Uganda. My initial response (in my head, of course) was, “I didn’t say, ‘Thank you. What are talking about?’” In our common usage, we don’t use...
When Silence is the Best Response

When Silence is the Best Response

By Steven Norris Transfiguration Sunday. For many, this Sunday will pass by without so much as a blip on the proverbial radar. In the liturgical calendar, however, the Sunday before Lent is the Sunday we remember Jesus taking his “inner circle” (Peter, James, and...

Is Healing Possible?

By Steven Norris       It is one of the most profound questions that Jesus asks in any of the gospel accounts. In John 5, Jesus enters the holy city of Jerusalem. Near the gate of the city was the Pool of Bethesda, a place known for its...

Clarke Shower Pics

I am still trying to find the words to express how grateful I am for the overwhelming shower of gifts for baby girl. I did not expect, or suspect, anything and was completely surprised. COVID-19 has caused this pregnancy to look and feel very different. Where...