Ephesians 3:1-12 (January 6, 2019) Perhaps you have found that making use of different translations of the Scriptures helps to expand your understanding. Sometimes when you hear the words in a fresh translation it makes you think about the passage in a different way. It can open your eyes and you find that God is speaking to you in a new way. That happened to me when I was exploring this portion of the letter to the Ephesians in a newer translation that I enjoy using for my personal study: the Common English Bible. The Greek word that has traditionally been translated as mystery in several different spots in this passage is translated as “secret plan”. Continue reading
Luke 1:46-55. Erly Marsial was traveling with her husband, children and other family members from violence- stricken Honduras to seek a safer place to live in the US. She was full of hope for a new, different life for her family. And she was great with child, carrying a baby boy in her womb, hoping he would be born after she arrived in the US. But Baby Alvin had a different plan. He was born in Mexico City instead, making him a Mexican citizen and his parents automatic residents of Mexico with a path to citizenship.
Monica Curca is the founder and managing director of Activate Labs, a non profit based in southern California which seeks to build a creative force for peace and justice by activating and resourcing leaders and movements to create communities where everyone belongs and can lead their own transformation. Continue reading