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For November 29 (Advent 1, Year B)

Mark 13:24-37 Jesus seems to be predicting that “the Son of Man” will show up “with great power and glory” to bring history to a close within his listeners’ lifespans: “this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken [...]

By |2020-11-26T10:43:10+00:00November 26th, 2020|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For November 29 (Advent 1, Year B)

Experience, the Immeasurable, & God

You've been fairly warned by the title that I'm going to be saying something about God, and what I take to be shareable experiences of God. (Here are some noteworthy examples to which I’ll refer several times.) But first I'm going to [...]

By |2020-11-24T09:22:31+00:00November 23rd, 2020|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Experience, the Immeasurable, & God

What Does the Bible Say about Itself?

What Does the Bible Say about Itself? Strictly speaking, nothing. The Bible we now have contains no statements about “the Bible.” When the texts we now have were written, the contents of the Bible (the “canon”) were still being debated by both [...]

By |2020-11-21T12:55:23+00:00November 21st, 2020|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on What Does the Bible Say about Itself?

For November 15 (Proper 28, Year A)

Matthew 25:14-30 There are always multiple ways to read Jesus’ parables. Here’s one way to read this one. This “Parable of the Talents” is not about cultivating talents like singing and dancing. A talent is unit of currency—a mind boggling amount of [...]

By |2020-11-10T12:58:37+00:00November 10th, 2020|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For November 15 (Proper 28, Year A)

For November 8 (Proper 27, Year A)

Amos 5:18-24 I hope you all voted, regardless of whom you wanted to see in office. For many of us it seems to have been one of the most consequential elections in our memory. Now here we are in the aftermath, with [...]

By |2020-11-08T08:22:29+00:00November 7th, 2020|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For November 8 (Proper 27, Year A)

God Is Like/UNLIKE Any Other

Isaiah 44:6-8 Most scholars have concluded that this section of the book of Isaiah (called “Second Isaiah,” written decades after the first section) is one of the earliest suggestions of what we now call monotheism: “besides me there is no god,” says [...]

By |2020-11-02T10:10:56+00:00November 2nd, 2020|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on God Is Like/UNLIKE Any Other

For November 1 (All Saints’ Day, Year A)

Revelation 7:9-17 Saints aren’t just people who appear on somebody’s official list. That’s one meaning, of course, and a legitimate one. But “to sanctify” originally means “to set apart,” or “to single out,” so “saint” means God’s “set-apart,” “singled-out” people—the people singled out [...]

By |2020-10-31T10:38:17+00:00October 27th, 2020|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For November 1 (All Saints’ Day, Year A)

Beyond Our Echo Chambers?

This is a sermon I preached at Trinity Episcopal Church, Indianapolis, in 2017. We are still wrestling with this dilemma: “One person's breaking news is another's fake news. For every fact you trust, somebody else trusts ‘alternative facts’ ... Is there any [...]

By |2020-10-27T11:07:46+00:00October 27th, 2020|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Beyond Our Echo Chambers?

For October 25 (Proper 25, Year A)

Matthew  22:34-40; Leviticus 19: 1-2, 15-19, 33-34 (I’ve cropped off part of one lesson and added a couple of verses to the other to bring out some comparisons.) Everybody loves Jesus’ teaching about the Great Commandment: Love God with your whole self; [...]

By |2020-10-20T15:56:57+00:00October 20th, 2020|Categories: Notes on Weekly Readings|Comments Off on For October 25 (Proper 25, Year A)