“Why Do the Members of Christ Tear One Another?” By Dorothy Day

As we prepare this week to celebrate World Communion Sunday, our text this week (Matthew 21:33-46) reminds us that the world is not as it should be. As news from Hong Kong, Syria, and other places continue to remind us, indeed, we are a world filled with people still fighting for their voices to be heard….

By what authority?

23When he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” 24Jesus said to them, “I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then…

A Place Beyond

We are no longer in the valley. This is a place beyond. Somehow darker than dark and yet we are sore eyed, blinded by the light. We are no longer slaves. Beyond the sweat and sorrows, the strong hands that hung over us, waiting to sting our backs by the snaps of their whips. Somehow…

“Faith and Fratricide”: A repentant response

One of the most important books I read in seminary was by Rosemary Radford Ruether, titled Faith and Fratricide. Her approach failed to take seriously hardly any of the traditional claims about God by Jews or Christians. Nevertheless, her rebuke of the triumphalist theology of Christendom and its approach to Judaism is something I believe every seminary student…