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Justice in the Smallest of Things

  Readings are here, here, and here. In the Psalm we read this evening, we are promised a God of revenge and justice. It’s a tempting vision of God. One that comes in a mighty cloud, wreaking havoc on those who persecute the innocent, “He saves them from the hand of him who is hating,… Continue reading Justice in the Smallest of Things

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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