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Throughout the centuries, the Creator of all things – the God of Gods and Light of Lights, Very God of Very God, this One who is eternal, infinite, immeasurable, omnipotent, the One we worship and in whom we alone can put trust, the One who is to be our only comfort in life and in death – this Lover of our Souls and Compassionate Cradle for our beaten and bruised … There’s more to read here.
In the introduction to my book Freedom of the Self, I open with a story regarding Rembrandt’s famous 1642 painting “the Nightwatch” I heard while viewing it a few years ago in Amsterdam that frames—both literally and figuratively—my concern with the church today and, in particular, a misguided loss of personhood for many faithful people.
Those who have seen many of the 17th century Dutch master Rembrandt Harmenszoon … There’s more to read here.
This past Sunday is known in the Christian year as “Pentecost Sunday” which celebrates the beginning of the Christian church with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit as noted in Acts 2. What results from the outpouring of the Spirit is a movement toward radical community, signs and wonders of power, healing and reconciliation as well as the assurance that the promises of Jesus Christ are not merely waiting at … There’s more to read here.
At the beginning of Wes Anderson’s animated film Fantastic Mr. Fox, Mr and Mrs Fox are trapped by a farmer and perceiving that this might be the end, they have the following interchange:
There is something in the simplicity of this exchange that … There’s more to read here.
Passion week thrusts us into a realm of uncertainty amidst the certainty of Christ that should unsettle us to our very core. As we sit now before both an empty cross and a tomb now filled with our Savior – is it right to wonder where this is all leading? To ask what is going to happen now? Sure, many Christians know how the story ends (SPOILER ALERT!) and the fact … There’s more to read here.
Stop All The Clocks
Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone
The world of Scripture is a world of “limited good.” That is, everything that exists is perceived to exist in limited amounts, in amounts that cannot be augmented without depriving others. As we come to this point in Holy Week, we come against the limits of our lives and the limits of what is around us. After weeks of fasting and doing without, coming into Holy Week is often a … There’s more to read here.
Holy Week: Ending violence, Patty Griffin, and taking steps towards the power of an invincible forgiveness
It seems strange to live on this side of Palm Sunday – so much excitement and optimism about what the world could be, how things might turn out always seems to be pointed toward the positive, affirmative, and hopeful. Yet we don’t live in an age of optimism. No, we are in the age after the possibilities of human potential, the failure of institutions that once held such promise … There’s more to read here.
“Ho Sanna, Hey Sanna, Sanna, Sanna, Ho…” As today officially announces the beginning of Holy Week, Palm Sunday is a bitter sweet reminder of how quickly we can embrace passion and, for better or for worst, join the crowd. It is a day to ask ourselves why we are cheering for Jesus as he enters Jerusalem. What is our deep motivation for screaming at the top of our lungs, for … There’s more to read here.
The Lectionary has set John 9 as the appointed text to be read this week. This is a fascinating encounter of Jesus with a man who is born blind and one of the longest passages in the New Testament where Jesus is completely absent – over 20 verses in the chapter has Jesus no where to be found. It is a chapter that deals with one of the oldest metaphors … There’s more to read here.
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