Category Archives: American Society

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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They work at harmony

The music was exquisitely beautiful. Perfect pitches. Soaring harmonies. Wondrous voicing. The St. Olaf Choir was singing in Stanford Chapel, the chapel adding its own majesty and beauty to the evening. I didn’t want to turn on the TV when … Continue reading

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Neither death nor life…

There is lament in this psalm, to be sure. The poet cries out against all the suffering, shame and loss they have experienced. But back towards the beginning of the psalm is this verse whose voice lingers: “Happy are the people who know the festal shout.” Continue reading

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