Category Archives: Year C

The Self-Centered Reading of Luke 15

I grew up as a fundamentalist Christian. Please note that many, many fundamentalists are not judgmental and punitive, but have evangelistic motives and methods that are based solely on love. Nevertheless, guilt and fear are usually foundational in their beliefs … Continue reading

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Commissioning

Looking at a picture of the pot and potter On this day before commissioning: This day of enjoying friends and marking time And observing the community in which I have become a novice. Why can’t I be still and allow … Continue reading

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Excuses

Jeremiah 1:4-10 When God called Jeremiah to service, Jeremiah responded, “I am only a boy.”  God rebuked him, saying,  “Do not say ‘I am only…’” (Jeremiah 1:4-10) Consider the story of Elijah and the widow whom God said would feed … Continue reading

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My Trouble with Trust: An Honest Confession

Luke 12:22-34 When asked how much wealth it takes to satisfy a person, John D. Rockefeller replied, “Just a little bit more.” Luke gives us a different perspective, as Eugene Peterson shows in The Message Bible: “Has anyone by fussing … Continue reading

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Downsizing

I’ve been trying to downsize for years. For the past year I have been going through books and papers that I haven’t seen in decades!  Experts advise throwing out those things without looking carefully at them, saying that if I … Continue reading

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