Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-19 (January 3, 2016)

Part One

“Blessed be the God and Father OF our Lord Jesus Christ …”

Paul praises God, not as a supreme deity or a philosophical abstraction but, as the “Father OF our Lord Jesus Christ.” Everything that he says after this is premised on this, that the divinity to which he . . . → Read More: Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-19 (January 3, 2016)

Daily Reflections (the 24th of September, anno Domini 2015)

I discovered Catherine Keller by reading her Cloud of the Impossible: Negative Theology and Planetary Entanglement (2015). Her writing enthralls me. As I said to my friend Karen, I have not gotten far into the book (at all) but the more I read her, “the more I grasp what she is driving at, . . . → Read More: Daily Reflections (the 24th of September, anno Domini 2015)

John 6:52-59, The Flesh of God with Its Life Poured Out, Divine Life Given

[August 16, 2015] This is the Gospel Reading for the 11th Sunday after Trinity. We are now well into Jesus’ sermon in the synagogue of Capernaum after his miraculous feeding of the five thousand with only five loaves of barley bread and two fish. This reading ends the discourse. We have seen how . . . → Read More: John 6:52-59, The Flesh of God with Its Life Poured Out, Divine Life Given

John 6:41-51, Jesus Gives His Flesh for the Life of the World

[August 9, 2015] This gospel text was read on the tenth Sunday of the quiet growing season (signified by the color green) after Trinity Sunday, and it is the second part of Jesus’ discourse in the synagogue of Capernaum on the manna that comes down from heaven. In it he is presenting himself . . . → Read More: John 6:41-51, Jesus Gives His Flesh for the Life of the World

John 6:24-35, The Bread of Life

[August 2, 2015] Today is the 9th Sunday after Trinity, during the quiet growing season of the Christian year. During the last two Sundays we heard the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand with five barley loaves and two fish. The first time, we heard it read from Mark’s gospel, the second . . . → Read More: John 6:24-35, The Bread of Life

Mark 6:14-19, The World’s Feast

[July 12, 2015] Today’s text is curious. It sets us up with the questioning going on in the halls of power and then tells a story about John the Baptist. This story is the only passage in Mark’s gospel that does not focus directly on Jesus. In the lectionary it is accompanied by . . . → Read More: Mark 6:14-19, The World’s Feast

John 6:1-21, The Feast and the Crossing

[July 26, 2015] My final sermon among people I have served for fifteen years.

Today’s Gospel repeats the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand and adds the story of the disciples crossing the sea in the dark of night, during which Jesus comes to them and says, “I am. Don’t . . . → Read More: John 6:1-21, The Feast and the Crossing

Mark 6:1-6a, Not Accepting Jesus’ Difference

[July 5, 2015] Today is the 5th Sunday after Trinity (or 6th after Pentecost, if that is how you count), and the text of the Gospel reading concludes the section of Mark about who is the family that Jesus gathers around him, his hearth and home among us. In the beginning of this . . . → Read More: Mark 6:1-6a, Not Accepting Jesus’ Difference

Reflections on Virginity and Patriarchy

In Facebook I published:

People assume that for the early and medieval Christians virginity was about sex. That’s our cultural bias. For men it was about freedom, and often about sex. (The last is especially our gnostic legacy.) But for the woman, it was about MEN. It was a rejection of . . . → Read More: Reflections on Virginity and Patriarchy

Mark 5:21-43, The Redeemer of Israel

[June 28, 2015] Today is the 4th Sunday after Trinity Sunday. We continue from where we left off, still in the same section of Mark’s gospel. As I pointed out in my last post, on Mark 4:35-41, after giving us a number of parables in 4:1-34, Mark gives us a series of stories . . . → Read More: Mark 5:21-43, The Redeemer of Israel