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Praying as Loving

“St. Teresa also said, “The feeling also remains that God is on the journey, too.” We can pray as an act of love by accompanying each other in our joys and sorrows, by turning aside from the contempt the world around us may revel in.”

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Building a Bigger Table

“Yes, here’s the good news: God calls everyone into God’s kingdom.
And here’s the bad news: God calls EVERYONE into God’s kingdom.”

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A Better Cornerstone

“Making Jesus our cornerstone as his disciples means literal alignment with the values of the kingdom of God. How do we respond to God’s claims upon our lives? Do we line ourselves up according to God’s values of justice, mercy, and integrity? Do we give our share of the glory to God by working for the betterment of this society that we, in our freedom, have built? Do we seek to make the building and walls stronger?”

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Therefore, the Grace of God

“Last week we saw God provide them with meat and bread, manna and quail that fell from the sky, and all the Israelites had to do was go and pick it up. Today, it’s water—or, specifically, the perceived lack of it. Gripe, gripe, gripe. Complain, complain, complain.”

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The Other Side of Confession

“Woven within these confessional phrases are also converse actions we can take in dedicating ourselves anew to walking in the Way of Jesus. In other words, the prayer of confession also implies a prayer of dedication and discipleship. What we confess leads us to know what we can do in service to Christ. Because sin is a sundering of relationship, the path to atonement calls us to try to repair and restore our relationship with God and each other.”

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The Pause Before the Plunge

“Today is the pause before the plunge that sweeps over those who remember and mourn. I wonder about how we honor the memory of those who gave their lives for others, and how we remember the messages of love as well as the images of destruction from that day.”

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Forgiving Without Prejudice

“This is a pretty hard thing Jesus is calling and modeling for us to do: to not treat people as disposable even if they seem to deserve it. Too much of our society is eager to write people off based on snap judgments, even based on appearances, while not even making a token attempt to get to know people who are different from us. It’s much easier to make assumptions, judge harshly, even mock, and then cut people off as having no claim upon us at all.”

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The Velvet Darkness

“The darkness is where creation takes place. The darkness is ancient. The darkness was the companion of God long before the universe came to be. And it is from the creative, velvet darkness that God’s call to Moses, and many of us, actually originates.”

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Embodied Worship

“Yet if we take seriously what Paul is saying here, we are assured that worship is not just bound up in rites, no matter how beautiful; or communal singing of praise songs, no matter how uplifting; or even in sermons, no matter how illuminating. Of course worship online can feel isolating, but it also can be a powerful tool of evangelism. So long as people of faith set their hearts and minds on living a life dedicated to following the Way of Jesus in the mundane moments of our lives, true worship can never be halted.”

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Dogged Faith

“In both of these stories, people of different backgrounds were eventually able to talk with each other and learn from each other, and they left these encounters feeling that they had received a blessing. The horizon where “self” meets “other” converges, and both parties are changed forever, by recognizing each other’s common humanity at a time when keeping the population at each other’s throats was a useful political strategy encouraged by the empire.”

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