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 […]

Undoing Anger: Seeing People

Last summer, I found myself in a fast-food drive through line 5 minutes before opening. Lacking coffee, I struggled to navigate the orange cones and contradictory signage. The car behind me honked. Fast is in the name, fast-food, and deep in our expectations. At five minutes after 6, a yellow vested teenager started moving the […]

Jesus grew angry (Mark 3)

As Jesus and the disciples practiced weekly sabbath, they worshipped alongside a person with a paralyzed hand. Now because of the paralyzed hand, the person was only half welcomed at church. They could attend, but not lead worship; this was true for women, blind people, and many others. (Leviticus 21) The religious leaders watched Jesus […]

Keep standing

An abridged ending to Ephesians might read: “Finally, siblings, be strengthened by the Lord and stand!  Stand. You can stand.  Hang in there! Keep praying!  Pray for confidence to keep at it. Let us find peace, love, and faith in Christ.”   The writer of Ephessians reminds us that the Apostle of Paul was imprisoned for […]