Declaring Our Dependence: The Gospel of Neediness In a Society of Self-Sufficency

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A reflection on the lectionary readings for Sunday, July 5thIn the spring and fall and sometimes the summer my wife and I love to go backpacking.  We enjoy the quiet of long miles on the trail, the beauty of God’s creation, and the simplicity of living from a backpack.  But if we admit it, another pleasure of backpacking is getting outfitted for the trip.  Before we head to the woods we lay out our equipment, an array of compact and lightweight items to provide a level of comfort for the jour … [Read more...]

Loving Those People

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This Lectionary Reflection is cross-posted at the Ekklesia Project  Easter 5, Year C John 13:31-35 She stood outside of the meeting room, a cigarette in hand–crying.  This was a weekend spiritual retreat, a time of renewal, but for this woman it was clearly painful, even degrading.  My wife approached the woman and asked what was wrong.  “I’m Baptist,” she said, “and everyone is just saying such bad things about us.”  The retreat was put on by the Episcopal Church and this being a southern Epi … [Read more...]

Banksy, Jesus, and Emergency Preparedness: The First Sunday in Advent

Over at the Ekklesia Project's blog I have a new post reflecting on the gospel reading for this first Sunday in Advent.  Below is the start with the full text after the jump.Preparing for DisasterFirst Sunday of Advent, Year C (RCL) 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 Luke 21:25-36We’ve become all too familiar with disasters and the whole genre of reporting them (is there a disaster TV cable channel yet?).  The reporter, looking like some alien that dropped from the sky, surrounded by a lan … [Read more...]


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