Author Archives: Corey Sharpe

About Corey Sharpe

Where do we get our beliefs? Three theological perspectives have significantly shaped my Christian identity: Evangelicalism, the early Methodist tradition and liberation theology. From my coming to faith in a Baptist church and throughout my education in a Baptist school and college, I was nurtured by convictions that emphasized a spiritual rebirth, a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and the centrality of the Bible. Even when I disagree with certain aspects of evangelicalism, it has deeply influenced my sense of what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. My seminary studies spawned my interest in early Methodism, particularly its approach to spiritual formation. Its leaders were convinced that only a foundation of doctrine and discipline would lead to a meaningful transformation of the heart and mind. In other words, having the mind of Christ enables me to be more like Christ. Life in a suburban culture obscures the increasing gap between the poor and rich, as well as the Bible’s close identification with the poor. My doctoral work in socio-cultural context exposed me to liberation theology, which helps me see redemptive history as a history of oppressed groups, written from the perspective of the powerless, about a God who is actively involved with the poor in their struggles. I am now the pastor at Huntingtown United Methodist Church in Calvert County, Maryland. Together my wife and I are raising 4 young theologians.

Embarrasing Texts, Careless Speech

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. – Ephesians 4:29 This Sunday I am continuing a … Continue reading

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Vincent van Gogh, Joseph and Living in Contrast

Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Isaiah 40:26 People have experienced Van Gogh’s Starry Night … Continue reading

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Do Pets Go to Heaven?

The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them (Isaiah 11:6). This may not be the most essential … Continue reading

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Where did the first sin come from?

“Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made” (Genesis 3:1). The Bible doesn’t begin with the beginning of evil, but its existence. Humanity is created innocent, creation is good and the deceitful serpent is … Continue reading

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God-like Anger

The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions (Galatians 5:19-20)… Anger is everywhere: We watch it on television, read it in the news, … Continue reading

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Debates, Factions and the Gospel

John 7:43 (NIV): Thus the people were divided because of Jesus. I am very interested in politics, and I enjoy political discussions. Sometimes good faith disagreements exist, but I do step on the occasional land mine. Political allegiances are rooted … Continue reading

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Our’s and God’s Suffering on Good Friday

Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted (Isaiah 53:4). Good Friday is good, but it isn’t pretty, Jesus, who was innocent of any crime, was … Continue reading

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Palm Sunday and a Disappointing God

“Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Matt. 21:9). Jesus did something strange on Palm Sunday.  He rode a donkey into a city that kills prophets and executes trouble makers. … Continue reading

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Destructive Fear and Anger

“In this world you will have trouble…” John 16:33 These are emotions we experience when we witness a violent event. In far too many places in the world, violence is a constant threat and a daily occurrence. Yesterday, it was … Continue reading

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Can We Trust Politicians?

Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save.  When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing. Blessed are those whose help is the God of … Continue reading

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