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John C. Holbert Mar 27, 2015
I used to revel in the rousing anthems and loud hosannas of Easter morning. Now, however, I wish to step outside the sanctuary and sit by myself, gazing longingly at an azure sky, and just be. The truth is, I find Easter Sunday rather troubling.
John C. Holbert Mar 23, 2015
"God's chesed endures forever." That is all we need to know, and that fact underlies all dealings with this God, even when the one we call Christ rides into Jerusalem to his terrible death and his glorious victory over death.
John C. Holbert Mar 17, 2015
When I was in seminary, we were told that the Psalms were not a fit subject for a sermon, since they were in fact liturgical acts, not primarily theological ones. Let me answer that claim with a precise theological locution: hooey!
John C. Holbert Mar 10, 2015
What I thought might kill me became for me the way of healing. But I have still much looking at the bronze serpent to do if I am to continue my healing. Does my story in any way resonate with yours?
John C. Holbert Mar 03, 2015
It has been said that we need a far more rich and comprehensive theology of marriage if we are ever to tackle effectively the epidemic of adultery. I agree, but is there still place for a sermon on adultery?
John C. Holbert Feb 23, 2015
With a God like this, none of us is past our day; this sort of God still has something for each of us, in spite of our doubts and cynicism, despite our biting laughter of despair.
John C. Holbert Feb 17, 2015
God's promise of care for the cosmos invites us to align ourselves with that good environmental work.
John C. Holbert Feb 11, 2015
When preaching or prophesying, should we not all carefully assess what we are told to be words from YHWH, since they are after all pouring out of the mouth of one who is all too human?
John C. Holbert Feb 06, 2015
A rich and continual questioning of the ways of God is my way to stay close to God, to hear what God has for me to do and be.
John C. Holbert Jan 27, 2015
When a prophetic word remains empty, unrelated to the powerful love and challenge of YHWH that is shown throughout the Hebrew Bible, then it is plainly not YHWH's word.
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