Category Archives: lectionary

God’s dwelling place is with the human race

Behold, God’s dwelling place is with the human race. God, are you so sure that’s a good idea? It seems like every few weeks we hear news of another way that the world is falling apart. Shootings, bombings, stinginess, meanspiritedness, … Continue reading

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Do you love me?

I’m an affectionate person. I grew up with people who expressed their affection often, with what some might call redundancy, happy to announce over and over how much they loved and cared for one another, usually with some physical sign … Continue reading

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Let us rejoice and be glad

Therefore, let us celebrate the feast, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Deep down you know that sincerity and truth is more satisfying. You cover it … Continue reading

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When God says “Forget about it”.

But when they continued asking him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he bent down and wrote on the ground. … Continue reading

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A new creation and the abundance of God

If you don’t believe Paul when he talks about a “new creation” in this Sunday’s readings, you can take it from me: it’s possible. When I try to think abstractly about identity I wonder if there is such a thing, … Continue reading

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On fire and not consumed: living with God’s nonsense

I AM WHO AM. I imagine that is not the answer that Moses was hoping for when he asked the Lord what to say to the Israelites when they asked who sent him. What kind of answer is that? Though … Continue reading

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Frightened when they entered the cloud

While he was still speaking, a cloud came and cast a shadow over them, and they became frightened when they entered the cloud.   God certainly demonstrates a flair for the dramatic in this Sunday’s readings: grand gestures toward the … Continue reading

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Love is patient, love is kind…

Love is patient, love is kind…I know this already! It can be hard not to tune out the old chestnut from 1 Corinthians that is the second reading this weekend. We’ve all heard it, recited it, seen it cross-stitched into … Continue reading

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God placed the parts

But as it is, God placed the parts, each one of them, in the body as he intended. I wish holiness were easier. It just seems unfair, you know? I want to be holy, I want to be good, and … Continue reading

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Is it lawful?

The Pharisees approached Jesus and asked, “Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?” (from yesterday’s readings) [In the sit-com version of the scripture that plays in my head when I hear these stories, Jesus rolls his eyes … Continue reading

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