Category Archives: Scripture

Whoever loves me will keep my word

This weekend’s readings drag us deeper into the details of the acts of the Apostles. My guess is that most of us don’t actually listen to nitty-gritty of these passages, and walk away vaguely remembering something about Paul and Barnabas … Continue reading

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Hardwired for Hope

While I was on silent retreat this past winter I found myself drawn to the psalms. I came to the retreat with my own litany of woes, and heard in the voice of the psalmist the faith-through-troubles that was characterizing … Continue reading

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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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In defense of signs and wonders

Disclaimer: I have a obsession with trying to get Thomas off the hook. I worry that this weekend’s Gospel story of “doubting” Thomas is reduced to condemnation of people whose devotion is based on experience. Is Thomas’ sin not so … 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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From “Hosanna” to “Crucify Him”

Year after year, every Palm Sunday, I ask the same questions: who would I have been, had I been with Jesus? And how long would it have taken for me to reject him? I’m sure I wouldn’t have been one of … 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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