Monthly Archive for: ‘September, 2012’

“Speaking of Religion…”

Wed., Sept. 26, 2012 —  I got alot of comments, mostly positive, about a “Speaking of Religion” column I wrote for the Bennington Banner last month.  So here it is.  I’d welcome your comments and thoughts– Since Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity in the 4th c. of the Common Era, the Christian Church has been part of The Establishment, at …

“The Happiness Revolution” –James 3:13-4:3; Mark 9:30-37– Sept. 23, 2012

“Revolution” is all over the news. The Middle East is rife with it, as the Arab Spring has turned into summer, autumn, winter, spring, and summer/autumn again. Images from Africa and Latin America of young men–and sometimes young women– armed with machetes and machine guns disturb and even frighten us. The “Occupy Wall St.” movement just marked its one-year anniversary. …

“Who do you say that I am?”– Mark 8:27-38– September 16, 2012

Smack dab in the middle of Mark’s gospel–between Jesus’ ministry of “opposing all that oppresses God’s people,” (David Lose, WorkingPreacher.com, 9/9/12) as one writer puts it–the healings, the exorcisms, the feeding, and so forth–and the journey to the cross, right here in the middle we find this conversation between Jesus and his disciples. “And on the way he asked his …

“Invitation to Dance” –2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12-16, Mt. 11:16-19– Sept. 9, 2012

Listen again to that poem of the 14th c. Persian poet Hafiz– Every child Has known God Not the God of names, Not the God of don’ts Not the God who never does anything weird, But the God who only knows four words and keeps repeating them, saying “Come dance with Me” Come Dance.   Maybe you prefer a more …

Friends for the Journey

Wed., Sept. 5, 2012 – My nephew is getting married this Saturday, so I’ve been thinking about wedding wisdom. My father-in-law, who had performed hundreds of weddings in his career, always said it was a waste of time to give advice or counseling ahead of time. It only made sense once you had lived into the marriage for awhile. That’s …

“The Implanted Word”– James 1:17-27, Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23– Sept. 2, 2012

  I’d like to use what is called “appreciative inquiry” into our readings from James and Mark this morning, and zoom in on one image–what James calls “the implanted word”–and see what fruit might be born from it. In fulfillment of God’s own purpose, [James writes] God gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become …

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