Tag Archives: Violence

Violence

  “Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.” Martin Luther King, Jr., Where do We go from Here; Chaos or Community? They have treated the wound of my people carelessly, saying, … Continue reading

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Always in the presence

I wrote this liturgy for the beginning of worship in 2016 when 9/11 fell on a Sunday.  As I came across it today, I was touched by how it speaks to the tragedies and shadows of our time.   + … 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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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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The journey to our humanity

A reflection as we  begin Maundy Thursday Tonight we begin the worship service that stretches over these next three days and walks us anew through the death and resurrection of Jesus. This service not only sets before us the story … Continue reading

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Not for children

We tend to think of the Bible as a holy book filled with stories of holy people. It is not. This book is pretty disturbing. Continue reading

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With twelve baskets left over

Paris, Jesus, violence, and the human heart There is violence in the Old Testament. I understand that. And there are features of that violence that are troubling. Deeply troubling. Every fiber of my being wants to add a “but” at … Continue reading

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Once Again

In the face of each day’s horrors we can only turn again to the promise that the world has its beginning and end in God. This is from a newsletter article for April of 2014 about the services of the … Continue reading

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