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On Scripture

Rise Up!

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany The prophet Micah lived during a time of political turmoil and transition. Sound familiar? For a large portion of the eighth century BC, the Assyrian Empire conducted a massive military conquest of Israel and Judah. During the time of Micah, Samaria had already fallen, and King Hezekiah was in the [Read More...]

Lectio

Shepherds and Crucified Kings: The Lectionary for Reign of Christ

Jeremiah 23:1-6 What It’s About: Shepherds. But also kings. When Christianity was young, and it was trying to piece together how to think about Jesus (was he God? was he a man? where did he fit in to Jewish texts and traditions?), Christians mined Jewish scriptures for models. They found many places, especially in prophetic texts, [Read More...]

Sarcastic Lutheran

Sermon on Seeing More Than Just What We Look For

(click above to listen along) Sometimes I do something so stupid that I just really want to share it with everyone. Maybe that’s the pathology that leads one to write memoir. I have no idea why, but when something super embarrassing happens to me – like something really cringe-worthy, for some reason my first reaction [Read More...]

The Peripatetic Preacher

Who Lies in YHWH’s Tent?

(Lectionary for January 2 9) The era of President Donald Trump has begun, and it has not begun auspiciously. The new president spent the day of his inauguration and the day following in a school- yard spat with multiple news sources who quite accurately reported that the crowds at his inauguration were something like one-third [Read More...]

Knack for Noticing

The Green-Eyed Monster

I have a nice blend-in alto voice that makes a pleasant contribution to our church choir. A woman I’ll call Peggy has a gorgeous soprano voice and is often asked to sing solos. We don’t really look alike, except that we have the same color and length of hair. A few weeks ago as I [Read More...]

Mark Roberts

Two Excellent Articles in the New York Times on Christmas

Kudos to the New York Times for publishing two excellent articles on Christmas, and on Christmas...

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What God Wants for Your Life

2 Questions that Could Change Your Life

One of the central practices in Jesuit devotion — the one that Ignatius of Loyola considered indispensable — was the prayer of Examen. Ignatius felt that the key to spiritual growth was to cultivate an awareness of when and where God had been present in the course of the day. It was so important, in [Read More...]

Living a Holy Adventure

The Adventurous Lectionary – Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany – January 29, 2017

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany – January 29, 2017 Micah 6:1-8; Psalm 15; I Corinthians 1:18-31; Matthew 5:1-12 The biblical tradition is always counter-cultural in spirit. It agitates the comfortable, whether conservative or progressive, by challenging our lifestyles and assumptions. And, conversely, as the saying goes, it also comforts the agitated, those at the margins [Read More...]

Edges of Faith

The Appearance of Hope (An #Advent Poem)

The Appearance of Hope (An Advent Poem) Not long after John appeared in the wilderness with sweet locusts on his breath Not long after the expectant crowds churned muddy waves of confession into the Jordan Not long after he baptized Jesus in the cold river on a day overcast with love and thunder Not long [Read More...]