Monthly Archives: June 2012

Weekly Introduction to the Revised Common Lectionary Readings (Proper 7b / Ordinary 12b)

1 Samuel 17:57-18:16 When David returns from slaying Goliath the whole population of Israel falls in love with him.  David takes on celebrity status and finds his way into the songs of the people, “Saul has killed his thousands, but … Continue reading

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Weekly Introduction to the Revised Common Lectionary Readings (Proper 6b / Ordinary 11b)

1 Samuel 15:34-16:13 “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks … Continue reading

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Out of Their Minds (Reflections on the Christian Scholars Conference) *A Sermon to the West Islip Church of Christ*

Then [after the calling of the disciples] he [Jesus] went home; and the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat.  When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, “He … Continue reading

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The Holy Spirit Frat House

“The Spirit is indeterminate.  The Spirit is invisible.  The Spirit is an ineffable mystery.”  Am I the only one that finds this language annoying?  I don’t want a mysterious cloud, or a dancing flame, or a phantom presence.  I want … Continue reading

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