Let everything that breathes praise God. (Psalm 150:6) Praise the Lord from the earth, you sea monsters and all deeps…. Wild animals and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds. (Psalm 148:7, 10) And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind: cattle and and creeping things and wild [Read More…]
Archives for July 2012
Lectionary Reflections for August 5, 2012 2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a; Psalm 51:1-12; Ephesians 4:1-16; John 6:24-35 Today’s readings reflect on the contrast between life in relationship and life in alienation from God and others. Disconnected from God’s relational vision, we literally and figuratively destroy our planetary companions. We use our power to exploit and see others as a means [Read More…]
As we read this passage together, my colleague in ministry Phil Gilliland noted, “If we take these passages seriously, everything’s possible.” This can be good news or tragedy depending on how we use our power and whether our use of power is self-interested, domineering, and objectifying or connected with God’s vision of Shalom and abundant life for all creation.
As a progressive Christian, I want to thank Ross Douthat for his reflective piece on the future of liberal Protestantism in this past weekend’s New York Times. Those of us who are committed to a robust, open-spirited, spiritually lively Christianity view with dismay the statistics about our movement’s future. We realize that the religious landscape in North [Read More…]
Lectionary Reflections for July 22, 2012 2 Samuel 7:1-14a; Psalm 89:20-37; Ephesians 2;11-22; Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 Is election partial, predetermined, or universal? Is it ultimately dependent on God’s choices, divine persistence, human decision-making, or a dynamic divine-human call and response? A recent Christian Century review of conservative Christian responses to Rob Bell’s Love Wins revealed the stake that [Read More…]
Lectionary Reflections for Sunday July 15, 2012 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19; Psalm 24; Ephesians 1:3-14; Mark 6:14-29 One of my favorite John Bell hymns is “Glory and Gratitude and Praise.” The words and tune are simple: Glory and gratitude and praise Now let earth to heaven raise Glory and gratitude and praise: These we offer to God. Today’s [Read More…]
A friend of mine posted the following quip from the Global Secular Humanist on her Facebook Wall: “The Higgs Boson walks into church. The priest says we don’t allow Higgs Boson in here. The Higgs Boson says, ‘But without me how can you have mass?’” The Higgs Boson, described as the “God Particle” (although author [Read More…]