Simone Weil on Affliction and the Chasm in God

I will never forget the moment I was introduced to the writings of Simone Weil a few years ago. It was as if all of the  questions I had ever asked about the nature of God, suffering, beauty, and good and evil had collided into one stream of thought. Simone Weil was a philosopher, political activist, and mystic…

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…

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…

Saints in the hands of a humble heaven

Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat; therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they teach. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on…

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…

To hell with the bully god

Weekly Notes in Preparation for Preaching: Matthew 22:1-14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:14) Have you ever felt left out? Been left out of the game by your peers because you weren’t good enough? Because you didn’t fit in somehow? It is a common image. Most of us know how the…

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…