Tag Archives: Love of neighbor

We come to kneel

We have seen Nazi’s marching by torchlight this year. At the center of our response to that must be the lighting candles and singing “Silent Night” … Our worship tonight is not just one of the baubles on the tree that makes up our holiday; it is the tree. Continue reading

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In our weakest member

What shall we say about this truth that God’s manifestation in the world is in its very weakest member? 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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We see dimly

It’s hard to talk about Charlottesville. It’s also hard not to. Thoughts on Psalm 70 Be pleased, O God, to deliver me. …..O Lord, make haste to help me! 2 Let those be put to shame and confusion …..who seek … Continue reading

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Light for our darkness

We are not alone in the world. There is a heartbeat to the universe. There is a song of love and life at the heart of all existence. Continue reading

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All flesh

I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Even on the male and female slaves, in those days, I will pour out my spirit. –Joel 2:28-29 Continue reading

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Tone deaf

We have so far to go to understand, let alone keep, such a simple command as “love your neighbor as yourself.” Continue reading

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I worry about the country

I worry about the country. Problems go untended as we call each other names. It reminds me of households I have known. And congregations. Businesses, too, I suppose, though my experience there is mostly limited to the relationship between labor … Continue reading

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Compassion and risk

The metaphor about the skittles recently tweeted by Donald Trump Jr. is wrong. Given a choice, I wouldn’t eat from a bowl if there were three poisoned skittles. But the tension in that metaphor is between pleasure and risk, whereas the tension with regard to Syrian refugees is between compassion and risk. Continue reading

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