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…

To Whom Does Your Heart Belong?

Revelation 5:1-14 At the heart of Christian worship is the belief that God is worthy of worship. What are we here after? Do you ever walk into a room or go to the store and ask yourself “Now what was I here after?” We all know that feeling, don’t we? That feeling of not being so sure…

A season of promise and the lie of a crossless grace

This is the Easter season, post Resurrection, on the other side of the cross. And while some Americans shout “Make America Great Again,” most of the American church has liturgically moved into the season of Easter promises, failing entirely to notice the significance of Easter’s cross. By the cross here, I do not mean that…

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…

The Repentant Church’s Non-Triumphal Witness

I am alarmed–even frightened–by the arrogant, Pecksniffian, self-righteous confidence that pervades the politics of America’s current presidential campaigns. Yet, I think what we are really seeing is nothing new; it is, rather, the surfacing of a disposition that has always undergirded the status quo, a disposition that almost always goes unchallenged. And for too long, the Church…

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…