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Spiritual Tremors

Year C Malachi 4:1-2a Psalm 98 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13 Luke 21:5-19May the words of my mouth O God…  speak your truth… According to The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (Third Edition)…  the word eschatology first appeared in English in the 19th century…  and it refers to the doctrine of last things…  that is…  the ultimate destiny of...

A Convoluted Contradiction

Year A Daniel 7:1-3,15-18 Psalm 149 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17 Luke 20:27-38May the words of my mouth O God…  speak your truth… Can God create a rock so heavy…  that God could not lift it…  this question is a convoluted contradiction about divine omnipotence…  about being all-potent…  because if God can create a rock that God cannot lift… ...

Pushing Back Against the Tide

When I was growing up, there were certain things –– like clothing –– that you just couldn’t buy on Sunday. Entire sections of department stores were simply roped off. And retailers respected the rhythms of the seasons –– you never saw Christmas displays or heard Christmas music or read Christmas newspaper ads until after Thanksgiving...

Reformation Sunday

Year C Jeremiah 31:31-34 Psalm 46 Romans 3:19-28 John 8:31-36May the words of my mouth O God…  speak your truth… Honey bees live together in large…  well-organized family groups…  they are social insects…  not solitary ones…  and because of that…  they engage in a variety of specialized tasks not practiced by the thousands of the solitary ones…  complex...

Saints and Sinners Both

Year C Sirach 35:12-17 Psalm 84:1-6 2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18 Luke 18:9-14 May the words of my mouth O God…  speak your truth… The Book of Sirach was written during the four-hundred-or-so year period…  after the last book of the Jewish Testament… Malachi…  was written…  and before the first book of the Christian Testament…  1 Thessalonians…  was written…  which...