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Mobs and Prejudice


In every generation there are those who would incite mobs to violence. They believe they do so in defense of something good that is threatened. Often, they are wrong. In every generation there are dogs who only get the crumbs falling from the children’s tables. Who are they? How can we recognize their full…(Read More)

Two Women of Philippi


Two women. One an independent business woman. The other a slave-girl with a gift of divination. Lydia becomes the host for the new community of Jesus. I wonder what happened to the slave-girl…(Read More)

Rest and Responsibility


Two things strike me today as I read the story from Mark’s gospel. First, I connect with Jesus’ compassion for the disciples (and for himself) as he responds to their weariness, inviting them to “come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” Second, I sense the obligation Jesus places…(Read More)

It takes a strong political stomach to read the Daily Office. The scripture’s occupation with such matters implies that we too are to pay attention to the politics and intrigue of our own day…(Read More)

Sunday, July 24


The earth is the LORD’S and all that is in it, * the world and all who dwell therein. For it is God who founded it upon the seas * and made it firm upon the rivers of the deep. “Who can ascend the hill of the LORD? * and who can stand in the…(Read More)

Saturday, July 23


He left that place and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, “Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are…(Read More)

Mary Magdalene


These are things I want to see. Resurrection. Rejoicing. Enemies turned away and oppressors dealt with. The lame and outcast secure and respected. Homecoming. Fortune restored…(Read More)

“The brethren also asked [Abba Agathon], ‘Amongst all good works, which is the virtue that requires the greatest effort?’ He answered, ‘Forgive me, but I think there is no labour greater than that of prayer to God. For every time a [person] wants to pray, his enemies, the demons, want to prevent him, for they…(Read More)

The Messy Arc of Justice


Every generation has the opportunity to expand the arc of justice. But we have to be able to see where conventional wisdom, religious authority and the law are being stretched by the moral universe in our own day…(Read More)

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