Tag Archives: Mercy

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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Like those who lift infants

Sunday, I just wanted to crawl back into bed.  I was haunted, Saturday, by the news of the shooting in El Paso, and woke, Sunday, to the news of the shooting in Dayton.  It still weighs heavily on my heart – for the victims, for their families, for the shooter’s family, for the spiritual poverty of the nation, for the brokenness of the world.  If I hadn’t already made a plan to attend a neighboring church, I wouldn’t have had the resolve to find a place to worship; I would have gone back to bed. 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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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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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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Surrounded with graces

We are surrounded by graces big and little. Every bit of beauty, every simple kindness, every child’s laughter, every kind word or sound silences the claims of fear and evil to rule the world. Continue reading

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From death into life

There is power in the crackle of a fire. There is drama in a single candle in the dark. Continue reading

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Ashen crosses and Jesus’ way of prayer

A Reflection on Ash Wednesday and the Lord’s Prayer The key texts for the reflection this Ash Wednesday were Isaiah 58:5-8 and Matthew 6:1-21. The Lord’s Prayer is the focus of our preaching during Lent this year. Daily verses and … Continue reading

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Christ among the faithful

Christ comes into the world among God’s faithful people. It is among God’s faithful that Christ is revealed. Continue reading

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When you walk through fire

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. –Isaiah 43:2-3 Continue reading

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