Monthly Archives: March 2012

How Jesus Blew His Big Moment

The problem with Mark’s triumphal entry is that it’s anything but triumphant.  Oh there’s a parade for  sure, and it’s at the festive time of the Passover, and Jesus rides on a colt, and people shout Hosannas, but beyond that … Continue reading

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Weekly Lectionary Commentary (Palm Sunday)

Before I describe our two texts for Sunday (the traditional liturgy of the palms) let me say a quick word about this confusing Sunday.  If you have a copy of the RCL (Revised Common Lectionary) you might have noticed that … Continue reading

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The Death of the Community of the Beloved Disciple (100th Post)

If you reached behind the gospel according to John and grabbed hold of its editor’s lapels and snatched the coattails of its intended audience then you’d have seized hold of a community in crisis.  The gospel of John is crisis … Continue reading

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Weekly Lectionary Commentary (Lent 5b)

Jeremiah 31:31-34 Sometimes you just need a fresh start.  The Israelites had botched their obedience to God’s law, and their covenant benefits (possession of the promised land and nationhood) were no longer a reality as they sat in Babylonian exile. … Continue reading

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Snakes?! Why’d it have to be snakes?!

*I would like to thank my friends at “Refining Theology” for thinking through this pericope with me. If you journey to Saint Ambrose Basilica in Milan, Italy (and why wouldn’t you) you can see the apotropaic Nehushtan.  I’ll be a … Continue reading

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Weekly Lectionary Commentary Lent 4B

Numbers 21:4-9 This is one of the so-called “murmuring stories” in the book of Numbers.  Murmuring stories record times in the wilderness wanderings when the Israelites complained about their circumstances (i.e. murmured amongst themselves about their conditions).  Generally murmuring stories … Continue reading

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Christians Are Fools

The Ancient city of Corinth was destroyed by the Roman military in 146 B.C.E, leaving it a relatively insignificant, small community.  That is until Julius Caesar rebuilt it and established it as a Roman colony in 44 B.C.E.  Roman Corinth … Continue reading

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