Monthly Archives: November 2011

Apocalyptic Holiday Cheer

“But in those days…the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.” My dad is an Advent kind of … Continue reading

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Weekly Lectionary Commentary (Advent 1b)

Isaiah 64:1-9 This week’s reading from Isaiah is part of a larger psalm of lament which begins in 63:7.  The narrative force of the lament is this: God was gracious in delivering the Hebrew slaves even though they were obstinate; … Continue reading

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If In Fact Christ Is King…

If in fact Christ is king it means that the kingdom of heaven belongs to the sheep not the wolves.  According to Jesus the kingdom of heaven is full of even toed ungulate quadrupedal ruminants (i.e. sheep).  There are about … Continue reading

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Debunking the Myth of the One Talent Christian

“I am only a one talent Christian.” I hear this complaint a lot, usually from down and out disciples of Jesus who feel badly about their level of Christian service.  I even hear it as a negative driver within my … Continue reading

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Weekly Lectionary Commentary: Proper 28 A, Ordinary 33A

Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18 The prophet Zephaniah is one of the twelve minor prophets in Hebrew scripture (minor in terms of length not in terms of importance).  The prophet purports to be writing during the reign of king Josiah, a king … Continue reading

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Let It Be Said of Us (Annual Day of Remembrance)

Audio version: 11-6-11 Second Annual Day of Remembrance I have never attended a funeral or memorial service where the eulogy was autobiographical. Nobody writes their own postscript.  Your eulogy, memorializing every breath you’ve ever taken, and every step you’ve ever … Continue reading

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Weekly Lectionary Commentary (All Saints Day)

Revelation 7:9-17 All Saints day chooses a reading from John’s Apocalypse in lieu of a Hebrew Bible reading.  The reading selected is both good news and bad news.  The good news is that “Salvation belongs to our God who is … Continue reading

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