Easter 416

April 24, 2016

…All 3 of these selections manage to do a real job on some of our 21st-century ideas that we tend to just transfer into the world of the early church. In some cases, several of which I’ll mention, this is quite appropriate, like the horrors of living in a society organised by the rich and for the rich to keep them rich and make them richer at whatever expense to those who aren’t (as we say,

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Easter 316

April 10, 2016

…Easter is the center of who we are, people raised from the dead to life beyond the power of death. Our baptism is that passage – through the water of chaos, accepting danger, death, the risk of utter loss, into new life. Baptism signifies conversion, turning away from what you’ve been doing and toward something new – but unlike baptism, conversion is something that has to happen over and over again. Even though we’re baptized,

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Easter 216

April 3, 2016

…Our readings will be mostly hymns – thank God for that, because I’m really not qualified to be much help in interpreting some of the more far-fetched visions and general weirdness of this book. But you have to admire any community willing to praise God in circumstances like these people’s. They’re being persecuted, possibly horribly, by the people who brought us crucifixion; and it’s probably no wonder that they talk the way they do under those circumstances.

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Easter 16

March 27, 2016

…He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you while he was still in Galilee that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” Then they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest… But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.’


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Good Friday 16

March 25, 2016

…I couldn’t do the preaching, in my present state of mind, and I didn’t want to take the risk of hearing again one of my brothers offer again the definitions of what Jesus’s cross is about that are common to what I call the Mel Gibson wing of Christianity: the story that Jesus is dying by torture because that’s what God wants, and it’s God who makes him suffer and God who plans the whole thing – and then it concludes with the demand that we all commit ourselves to love and trust this God he has just described as this kind of a monster… It never makes any sense at all,

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Maundy Thursday 16

March 24, 2016

For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood.

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Lent 516

March 13, 2016

…I suspect it’s there because she told people to put it there. She was the oldest of the children of Henry Hatch Dent who built the church in their father’s memory, and probably the mastermind of the enterprise. And on her tombstone are carved, right under the dates of her long life, the words, ‘She hath done what she could’. Those words haunt me all the time. Could they be put on my gravestone? I suppose they could,

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Lent 416

March 6, 2016

…A young man makes some bad choices and goes astray, and, once he comes to his senses and tries to go back to the strait and narrow, his father welcomes him with open arms and throws a big party, and everything is all right again – a great story with a happy ending, and one we can all identify with, at least those of us who have ever made a bad choice and longed for somebody to take us back and make it all right again.

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Lent 316

February 28, 2016

…It’s always the same: the scary appearance, the victim’s fear, the description of the call, the refusal of the call, the promise, the sign… You don’t get far with your own plans, it seems, when you’re needed for a mission and your ideas don’t fit in with the Lord’s.

‘So when they ask who sent me, what am I supposed to say ? – what’s-his-name?’ That’s Moses’ question, and I’m not sure he ever gets an answer to it.

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Lent 216

February 21, 2016

…The Abram story is old and so weird that it reminds us of how radically the world of the Bible is not our world. What we watch today is how that old world made covenants. You and the covenant partner get together and set up what you want the contract to contain, and then you set up the image of what will happen to you if you don’t abide by the covenant – that’s what all those dead animals are for.

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Lent 116

February 14, 2016

…Last week we leapt from the beginning to the middle so we could get a good look at glory; this week we’re back to the beginning again, to what happens right after Jesus’s baptism, where he first heard the voice of God calling him ‘Son of God’. I’d like to look at this story as we did last week’s, as a story about both Jesus and us.

The first thing to notice is that the situation Jesus comes from is his baptism,

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Ash Wednesday 2016

February 10, 2016

…What we are advised to do, to love God and our neighbor (which is the agenda for every season of the church year) goes about as firmly against what our society advises us to do as can well be imagined. The summary of Jesus’s advice in this chapter of what we call the Sermon on the Mount is at the end: don’t set any stock in the kind of rewards this world can dish out.

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