Monthly Archive for: ‘September, 2017’

“Scandalous Grace” -Exodus 16:2-15 , Matthew 20:1-16 — Sept. 24, 2017

Professor Tom Long describes the scene: “At 3 a.m., the men who have slept on the floor at the Border Farmworkers Center in El Paso rouse themselves. Soon the busses from the farms growing chiles and peppers in New Mexico will rattle into the parking lot. The overseers will step off the busses and look over the crowd of men …

“It’s a Drag”- Romans 14: 1-12, Matthew 18:21-35– Sept. 17, 2017

The 1986 British movie “The Mission” is set in 18th c. South America and revolves around a Jesuit mission to a remote tribe. It stars Jeremy Irons as a Jesuit priest and Robert DeNiro as a mercenary and slaver. Although the scenery is stunning, it is a tough movie to watch, full of brutality and reminders of the worst the …

“Now is the time…”– Ezekiel 33:7-11, Romans 13:8-14–Sept. 10, 2017

Astrologers are having a field day with the state of our country and world these days. Those who make charts of planetary alignment at our birth and follow the progression of dominant astrological patterns are talking about Mars, the war god, ascending, and Gemini, the twin gods, either bringing us together as brothers and sisters or engaging in deadly sibling …

“Holy Ground”- Exodus 3:1-15, Romans 12:9-21– Sept. 3, 2017

I have engaged in the Jewish practice of saying the Mourners’ Kaddish every day for a year, following the death of a loved one. I did it for the year after my father died, then after my brother died, and now am in the midst of this year after my mother died. The prayer doesn’t mention grief or dying, but …

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