Kingdom Treasure

Brookside Community Church July 30, 2017 Pentecost 8A – Matthew 13:44-52. “Just do something!” The real human question being ask of us is whether there is anything we care enough about that we would be willing to risk everything, even our very lives, in order to protect it. “Do something!” That was his wife’s plea….

Nelle Morton – “Hearing to Speech”

  We live in a microwave/internet society that teaches us to look for quick and easy answers. It takes time to learn to really see and hear each other. But our society teaches us that our first impressions are what matters. So we quickly decide what to think. No one wants to take the time…

Sons and Daughters of the Rainbow

Theologically speaking, a truly ecumenical challenge is opening up to inaugurate a new covenant with the Earth in such a way that it will signify the covenant that God established with Noah after the destruction wrought by the flood. There we read: “I set my bow in the clouds to serve as a sign of…

The one thing necessary: Thomas Berry on the human-earth relationship

In the modern western world the strange thing is the silence of Christian tradition on this basic issue of human relationship with the earth. Although this is essentially a religious, a spiritual and an ethical issue, our religious traditions, our spiritualities, and our moral codes do not function in this order of magnitude. We can…

Dear future humanity: please forgive us.

As we stand today, there are a lot of obstacles before us to forming communities dedicated to wholeness and justice. First, our society has never fostered the ability to listen to the needs of the vulnerable among us. Both our urban and rural communities have been designed to support systems of domination rather than oppose them. Indeed, there seems to be no collective…

Life, death, and the love of control: Eric Fromm

(Painting by Tiffany Roark, ThoughtsinPaint) The following is an excerpt from Eric Fromm’s The Heart of Man (New York, 1966), p.41. While life is characterized by growth in a structured, functional manner, the necrophilous person loves all that does not grow, all that is mechanical. The necrophilous person is driven by the desire to transform the organic…

Remembering Rightly: Lucy, Anarcha, and Betsy

Two of the most important skills to learn when we begin to take repentance seriously are naming oppression and remembering rightly. It can be hard for most of us who were born with various privileges to learn to listen with skepticism to the way histories falsely construct our ideas about the world around us. Too often, the stories…

I have heard you say

I have heard you say of me, “He is naïve, unrealistic. He doesn’t understand the way the world works.” I hope you hear the truth when I tell you how it is: I can assure you, I fully understand. I’ve seen the way the world works, in the burdens of my father, and my father’s…

A Cosmic Revolution: The Jubilee Explosion

6“I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; 8for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they…

Vineyard Tales (Matthew 21:33-46)

  After being confronted by the chief priests and the elders–representatives of the Sanhedrin—and asked to justify his authority, Jesus continued his response with another parable. He reminded them of an ancient Israel tradition: the telling of Vineyard Tales.   “Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around…