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On Scripture

Wounded Resurrection: The Body of Christ for the Body of Earth (John 20:19-31)

By William P. Brown The gap continues to widen between liberals and conservatives regarding the distressing reality of climate change. It is perplexing, given that science continues to confirm humanity’s central role in effecting global warming. It is even more perplexing that greater familiarity with science does not guarantee a greater sense of urgency as [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

Wounds and Wells; A Sermon on The Samaritan Woman

This is one to listen to if you really want to get the meaning – and also a bonus joke from Stuart  which made everyone crack up during what was otherwise a serious sermon! Click below. Last week I was talking with a friend about the practice of keeping a diary –and I said that, to [Read More...]

The Peripatetic Preacher

The Pain of Prophecy: A Reflection on Jeremiah 20:7-18

Since I have ended my screeds against Donald Trump, based on biblical characters, which I called “The Bible As Mirror,” I have decided to use the alternate first readings from the Hebrew Bible that the Revised Common Lectionary offers each week as springboards to more random thoughts (no, not the “deep thoughts” of SNL’s Jack [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

It’s the Second Day of Lent. Why Does This Matter?

Growing up as an evangelical Christian, I experienced Lent as little more than a joke. “What are...

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What God Wants for Your Life

Keeping the Partisan Faith

A new study by political scientists notes that clergy, on the whole, are more partisan than their parishioners. You can read the study here. Which raises the question: If clergy are tasked to “keep the faith,” exactly what “faith” is it that they “keep?” The faith of their respective religious traditions or the faith of [Read More...]

Living a Holy Adventure

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost – July 2, 2017

The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost Bruce G. Epperly Genesis 22:1-14 Psalm 13 Jeremiah 28:5-9 Romans 6:12-23 Matthew 10:40-42 This week’s stories are all challenging. We need to take exception to the story of Abraham and Isaac to be faithful to the God of grace. Following Christ is ultimately about a life-giving lifestyle, not violence or [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...]