Category Archives: American Society

142,000 and rising

This is the opening segment of my sermon last Sunday on the parable known as the wheat and the tares (it’s about feuding farmers).  If you would like to read the sermon, it is posted as “For the sake of … Continue reading

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A Sunday evening walk

Signs from the neighborhood: The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom, and their tongues speak justice. Psalm 37:30 Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other. Psalm 85:10 To do righteousness and justice is more … Continue reading

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More on Mary’s cry

The cry for justice, for the setting right of the world is deep in the scriptures.  Israel’s faith is born in the cry of the people in bondage and anchored again in the cry of despair at the destruction of … Continue reading

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Why?!

To whom does Mary’s cry arise?  Is it to God she desperately pleas?  Does her grief pour out upon the soldiers who slew her son?  Is she shaming the Jerusalem leaders who rid themselves of this troublesome peasant by condemning … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Fourth of July

The ancient kingdoms of Judah and Israel were attacked by the prophets for their betrayal of Israel’s ancient vision of a people governed by faithfulness and mercy.  The founding story of these two nations linked by a common faith and … Continue reading

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Red shirt and blue shorts

Originally posted on jacob_limping:
I am haunted by the image of the little boy lying in the surf. My daughter used to sleep in just that pose. But she was breathing, safe in her bed, in a home that…

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The times in which we live…

Thoughts on the Late Bronze Age Collapse, and the enduring Word of God I am haunted by the series of events known as the Late Bronze Age Collapse. In the 12th century bce the great ancient cultures of the Mycenaeans … Continue reading

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Of books and burnings

A reminder of the anniversary of the Nazi book burning has been popping up on my calendar since May. I didn’t want to let it go by without notice. We should not forget the burning of bodies began with the burning of books. Continue reading

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In this one child

What do we say when lovely people end up with terrible news. A nine-year-old grandchild of the congregation has just been diagnosed with an aggressive leukemia. I could play with the metaphor of a body endangered by a malfunction of … Continue reading

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Words

What does it mean for us to “Sow light” and “Scatter mercy”? It means, at the very least, that we renounce the use of words as weapons. Words are meant to connect not divide. Words are meant to build the ties that bind us. Continue reading

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