23 November 2020
Don’t be kind in order to get the good stuff. Be kind because the good stuff of grace and love is already in you and spilling over.
1 November 2020
This passage is often compared to Luke’s version of the Beatitudes, referred to as the “Sermon on the Plain,” or the “Blessings and woes.” However, it’s more appropriate to understand the Beatitudes as analogous to Luke’s story of Jesus’ sermon in the temple in Nazareth right after he has returned from being tempted in the desert.
25 October 2020
The love that Jesus is about is not just the love we celebrate on Valentine’s Day. To love, in the biblical sense, includes specific actions and specific ways of relating to our neighbors. And neighbor meant anyone and everyone. It was not restricted your block or even your culture. To love our neighbors is to disrupt our current system of racism and economic oppression.
18 October 2020
We just heard the story yet another conversation between Jesus and the Pharisees, this time joined by representative of Herod’s government. The Herodians were not read more…
11 October 2020
27 September 2020
Remember the description of Narnia, as always winter, never Christmas? Sometimes I think in this pandemic year, this 2020, that we are always Lent, never Easter…The reading from Philippians reminds us that to get to Easter, to get to the fullness of God’s presence with us and in us, there is this movement of God emptying God’s self, taking human form, becoming obedient unto death. Henri Nouwen calls this “downward mobility.”
6 September 2020
Salvation is nearer to us than when we first became believers, not because the end-times are approaching but because we are past the honeymoon stage of faith and deeper into this hard work of being a community of faith.
2 August 2020
This mornings readings offer us three feasts: feasts of hope and a feast of empire. Which will you proclaim?
26 July 2020
The Kingdom of Heaven is like a tiny bit of yeast a woman hid in a huge amount of flour. Soon the dough was everywhere. The Kingdom of Heaven is like a fight for justice infusing the hearts and minds of a whole expansive community that doesn’t seem to end, a movement for justice perpetuating itself like sourdough starter.