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Lectionary 11C (June 12, 2016)

  Luke writes like a mystery writer. You get crucial evidence late in the story. It makes sense of some of what has preceded, changes the way you see other events. Luke does it today. We only learn part way through this scene that Jesus has not been shown the …

Lectionary 9C (May 29, 2016)

Our Christian symbols are rich and powerful. They carry a lot of meaning, baggage, some may say. And they’re frequently in your face. We’ve had our share lately of in-your-face Christianity. Two blocks from here on Monday night Valparaiso’s City Council approved a Human Rights Ordinance amidst well-organized opposition by …

The Holy Trinity (May 22, 2016)

The words of Proverbs 8 may be 2,500 years old yet we still find them radical and unnerving. The early Christians found them exciting. Here was someone (in the Old Testament) who identified as a person separate from another person both of whom were doing God’s creating work and were …

Pentecost (May 15, 2016)

“Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” Philip requests proof or evidence of God’s existence. I got this one. I was a Philosophy major in college. St. Thomas Aquinas covers just about all the arguments for God in his Summa Theologica. He says, “The existence of God …

Easter 7C (May 8, 2016)

We say that Christ liberates us from sin and death. In a sense, we are the community of those whom Christ liberates. Paul and Silas are liberated, both from Sin, Death, and the power of the Devil, and from their bondage in Philippi. And they give us some insight into …

Easter 6C (May 1, 2016)

Today’s First Reading is one of those “Meh” readings from Acts. We often read Acts like it is a historical chronicle. I get to a scene like today’s I’m thinking, “Luke just wrote down everything, didn’t he?” One day Paul had a dream, we took off on an uneventful boat …

Easter 5C (April 24, 2016)

The Susquehanna River starts in upstate New York, flowing southward, snaking through central Pennsylvania, then finally dashing through northwest Maryland to empty into the head of the Chesapeake Bay. I realize this is alien geography to many of you. Understand that prior to my coming here, my life has been …

Easter 4C (April 17, 2016)

“How long will you keep us in suspense?” It is how the NRSV translates the Judean leaders’ question. In contemporary Greek, the phrase means, “how long will you annoy us?” Literally it says, “How much longer will you take up our life?” Yeah, there’s annoyance in there; there is also …

Easter 3C (April 10, 2016)

Meet Saul of Tarsus. He first appears in the Book of Acts almost as a one off character: he’s the coat-check guy at the stoning of St. Stephen. But he is not a one off character; in the next scene he is going door to door, arresting Christians. In Saul’s …

Easter 2C (April 3, 2016)

We commonly seek a connection to the story. I’m currently reading The Lord of the Rings to my girls. The story in The Lord of the Rings is foreign to us. It involves fairy creatures in a world with a deep history and forces at work barely hinted at in …