The Hard Work of Forgiving

“Forgive your neighbor the wrong he has done, and then your sins will be pardoned when you pray.”“Peter came and said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often shall I forgive? As many as seven times?”“Jesus said to him, ‘Not seven...

Christian or Barbaric?

       Ever since reading the Gospel early this week I have been thinking about a young man I once knew named Todd.     Todd grew up in the Midwest as a Jehovah’s Witness. His father was a leader in that denomination’s hierarchy. His...

Two Viruses, One Body

    Last February top executives from around the country and around the globe gathered for a conference in Boston.      For two days, as The Washington Post reports, “they shook hands, kissed cheeks, passed each other the salad tongs at the...

Who Do We Say We Are?

    We have entered full bore into the political season, as the presidential campaigns grow ever more intense as we get closer and closer to election day.      Last week we had the Democrats’ political convention; this week it will be the...

Beyond Sibling Rivalry

    This summer our Old Testament readings have been from the Book of Genesis, following the stories of the great patriarchs and matriarchs of Israel, beginning with Abraham and Sarah, and passing on through their descendants.     With today’s...

Two Moments of Transfiguration

    “From the darkness came a brilliant burst of fierce light many times brighter than the noonday sun. Instantly the desert and distant mountains were bathed in white brilliance. Even those with their eyes closed were able to sense the explosion of light and...

Led by the Spirit of God

“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, ‘Abba! Father!” it is that very Spirit bearing witness with...

Chain of Compassion

The original source of the quote is uncertain,  but the words have stayed with me since I first heard them in seminary many years ago. “A preacher,” the theologian said, “should have the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other.” Since I spent many years...

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