a trajectory into thanksgiving

Ten hours earlier, I tied a Sunday bow tie, slipped on a jacket and headed to church. Driving home, I pulled the knot free and stepped back into our house with an unexpected joy. Gentle laughter rippled around my soul as I shared the details of our All Saints vespers service at the Blakeford Independent […]

Hannah’s Voice: Lament, Resistance and Truth

Israel’s royal editors helped shape the double volumes of Samuel and Kings. We see this in 1 Kings 15:23 along with words about King Asa’s foot disease. These histories of Israel’s prophets and kings begin with Hannah. (Full Stop)  In Hebrew, “Hannah” means favor or grace. Hannah Grace launches a resurgent prophetic movement, not just […]

loosing possessions to possess life

Mark begins, “Jesus continued down the road.” Faith is a journey. God calls Abram and Sarah “to go to the land that I will show you” (Genesis 12) God calls Moses “to go down into Pharaoh’s land,” face down a superpower, and liberate a people. Jesus traveled from town to town healing people and proclaiming […]

Jesus’ Table welcomes us all

Isn’t the loaf of bread that we break a sharing in the body of Christ? Since there is one loaf of bread, we who are many are one body, because we all share the one loaf of bread. (1 Corinthians 10) Growing up Southern Baptist, I sat in on about 502 masses during my four […]

Esther’s stand! Stomp out oppression

The book of Esther may need a trigger warning. So be advised that Esther includes unexamined cultural practices and systemic injustices that include sexism, gender stereo-typing, sexual harassment, slavery, concscription, racism, and violence. I worry about telling this story, but Esther is in our Scriptures, one of three books with a female lead character, and […]

Wisdom loves knowledge

Wisdom shouts in the street; in the public square She raises Her voice.  Above the noisy crowd, She calls out.  At the entrances of the city gates, (where the Patriarchs pontificate) God speaks. She says: “How long will you clueless people love your naïveté, mocking insight and hating knowledge?” Look, God speaks, She says: “I’ll […]

God speaks: “She calls out”

Many Thursdays during seminary, I enjoyed a beautiful homemade Indian meal with Pramod and Ranjana in their tiny seminary village apartment. Each meal culminated in cups of lush Indian tea, artfully prepared in a large second hand pot. Ranjana carefully stirred in sugar and cream, never asking us how we liked it, but crafting a […]