Forgetting and Remembering

Listen to Audio We all forget things from time to time.   I’ve spent frustrated moments looking for my car keys, my cell phone, and my wallet. Sometimes I forget where I’ve left my car in the grocery store or airport parking lot. While I’ve never forgotten my wedding anniversary or an important birthday, my…

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Stumbling over the Kingdom of Heaven

Listen to Audio “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”  (Matthew 4:17) That’s what Jesus says.  Over and over.  In various ways.  Here and there he develops different implications.  But it all comes back to the Kingdom. “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”   God reigns with love, and he brings…

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Earthly Good

Lately I have been discussing the idea of being heavenly-minded, and I have suggested that to do any earthly good you have to be heavenly-minded.   My colleague The Rev. Chuck Alley pointed out that plenty of non-believing people do all sorts of earthly good and that I needed to clarify what I mean by…

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Weeds

The Casey Anthony trial attracted a nearly obsessive level of media (and viewer) attention.  Obsession turned to outrage when the jury handed down the not-guilty verdict, even as some began to wonder about our habit of rushing to judgment in such public cases. No one should wonder at the interest the Anthony trial drew.  …

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The Lion, the Lamb and the War to End All Wars

This is the final post in the series on Good and Evil “The war to end all wars” became a popular catchphrase to describe World War I.  Woodrow Wilson did not coin the phrase, but he did use it in his war speech to congress in 1917. In Wilson’s view, America would not be entering…

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