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Joan of Arc, Martin Luther, and my Grandma

   a homily preached at Trinity College Chapel on January 16, 2019 based on: Mark 1: 29-39 Growing up, I had three primary heroes: Joan of Arc, Martin Luther, and my Grandmother. My grandmother was a marvellous Swede transported to the Southern United States. She swore like a sailor, chain-smoked nearly until the day she died,… Continue reading Joan of Arc, Martin Luther, and my Grandma

church, The Corner Homily

Saving What We Love — the Gospel According to Rose Tico

  Readings for the service are here, here, and here. I’m going to start today, where my own moral compass began. Although I was formed at my mother’s and grandmother’s knees at Lutheran sermons and in Sunday school, my true morality play, writ large on the screen when I was a mere 5 years old,… Continue reading Saving What We Love — the Gospel According to Rose Tico

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It’s the end of the world as we know it–and I feel fine

Readings for the week are here, here, and here. "Our earth is degenerate in these latter days. There are signs that the world is speedily coming to an end. Bribery and corruption are common."--Assyrain Tablet, 2800 BCE   The end of the world has been predicted by both scholars and crackpots practically since the beginning… Continue reading It’s the end of the world as we know it–and I feel fine

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Mary: SJW

  Homily from The Corner, Feast of the Visitation, May 31: Readings here, here, and here. There she is: everywhere. In icons, on jewelry, in tattoos, airbrushed on souped-up cars: Mary, The Blessed Mother, The Virgin, Theotokos (The God-bringer) The mother of God, Jesus’ Mom. She’s the subject of more portraiture, poetry, and song than… Continue reading Mary: SJW

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Putting down baggage and picking up love

  One of the things I’ve reflected on as a weakness of the church’s Bible presentation model is the fact that it presents the bible in little amuse-bouche pieces--here are a few verses from here, and a few more verses from there. To the churched, who have heard them associated with one another for decades,… Continue reading Putting down baggage and picking up love

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GOD IS GOD AND I AM NOT.

GOD IS GOD AND I AM NOT.   It only flashes on the screen for a brief second during Beyonce’s video for “Don’t Hurt Yourself”--it did the same during her Lemonade tour. The flash of text is so brief that it is almost difficult to read the message, but there it is --in all caps… Continue reading GOD IS GOD AND I AM NOT.