The Image of a Child

“No statement, theological or otherwise, should be made that would not be credible in the presence of burning children.” –Rabbi Irving Greenberg This morning I need to prepare my sermon for Sunday, but I am paralyzed. I cannot write one word. It’s not because I don’t know what to say. There is too much to say,…

Sermon Prep and Lectionary Prayers for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, Year C

For July 17, 2016 SCRIPTURE READINGS Colossians 1:15-28 Luke 10:38-42 RESPONDING TO THE TEXT The story presented in this week’s Lectionary reading will be familiar for many. The main characters, Martha and Mary, are also very familiar. While they are mentioned in several other places in the New Testament, this passage is famous for identifying Martha…

Discerning Resurrection in Our Lives

Originally posted on Radical Discipleship:
            The gift of discernment is basic to the genius of the biblical life style. Discerning signs has to do with comprehending the remarkable in common happenings, with perceiving the saga of salvation within the era of the Fall.  It has to do with the ability to interpret ordinary events…

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…

Prayers for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost (October 12th, 2014)

SCRIPTURE READINGS Philippians 4:1-9 Matthew 22:1-14 RESPONDING TO THE TEXT The text this week from Matthew illustrates the continued confrontation between Jesus and Jerusalem’s religious authorities. This text provides an opportunity for discussion about who is welcomed in our midst, and how we respond to our invitation to be among God’s “chosen few.” Rather than a text…

…all he had…

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it. Matthew 13:45-46, NRSV The Good News of the Gospel is easy enough to tell: God is crazy about you!!! But the history of…

Wheat, weeds, and mustard seeds

He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. And the slaves…

Is God a goofy gardener?

That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some…

Different models of faithful living. Same Gospel.

“To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others: “‘We played the pipe for you,     and you did not dance; we sang a dirge,     and you did not mourn.’ For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man…