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There is an extremism in Jesus’ teaching in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7, parallel in Luke 6 as the Sermon on the Plain). Many in the history of the church have attempted to soften and or restrict the application of these teachings to certain class. Part of this radicalism, is Jesus Christ getting […]
Even on this day, as when we were waiting for God’s transformation of the world, we can miss the illumination. As often as not the illumination we seek is obvious and at the center while the epiphany we get is on the periphery just out of sight. The Epiphany comes to us as odd foreigners […]
The icon of the Holy Nativity has something that eludes us. I return, again and again, to its contemplation because it is a rich image but also because it challenges me. I don’t see it completely. The meaning eludes us, there is a veil over the icon. One layer of this veil is the familiar […]
Scriptures Readings: Holy Innocents: Jeremiah 31:15-17 Revelation 21:1-7 Matthew 2:13-18 Psalm 124 The sound track for this post: : What are we to make of the feast of the Holy Innocents? What is happening as we remember and celebrate these innocents, the unknown number of infants and toddlers who are martyrs? To what do these innocents witness? In […]
O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence–as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil– to make your name known to your adversaries, so that the nations might tremble at your presence! (Isaiah 64:1, 2) This is a longing […]
Texts for contemplation: Matthew 3:1-17; Mark 1:1-11; Luke 3:1-21; John 1:19-34; John 2:1-11 Although we have left behind the celebration of Christmas, liturgically we are still basking in the light of God manifest in human flesh. This is also the time of Carnival and Mardi Gras. We tend not to give much thought to this […]
Yesterday was the Epiphany. In the western liturgical calendar we focus on the adoration of the magi. Historically though, two other Gospel events are also celebrated, the Baptism of Jesus of Nazareth in the Jordan by John the Forerunner and the Wedding at Cana, where Jesus turned water into wine. Among the Eastern Orthodox the feast […]
Back in December as the refugee Crisis in the Middle East and Europe was in our news cycles a meme went around that had a few iterations and said something like “if only there was a seasonal story […]
A friend of mine in a Facebook post comment thread mentioned that the Christmas story is often told as a children’s story. I think there are several layers to this characterization. One the Holy Nativity is often seen as a cute and comforting story, a G movie safe for the viewing pleasure of the entire family. […]
O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence– as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil– to make your name known to your adversaries, so that the nations might tremble at your presence! (Isaiah 64:1, 2) This cry for […]
I’ve kept mostly silent about the grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown. On Social media I’ve attempted to direct people’s attention to Black and other voices from the margins around what happened and the continued unrest in the wake of the announcement of the grand jury’s decision. […]
Once again this year at the North Park Theological Seminary Symposium on the Theological Interpretation of Scripture (this years theme The Human Response to God) I have found my thoughts turning to privilege. Some of the presenters have directly or indirectly addressed the problems of privileging certain aspects of the human over others which then […]
Stages of the Nearly completed Theophany icon. If interested in this icon it will be available in my Priestly Goth Icons Etsy shop in September.