Shiny Happy Valley of the Shadow
Jerry Seinfeld did some stand up in Sioux Falls a few years ago. He riffed on our habit of talking about the weather. So indulge me (I’ll get into the spiritual stuff too). We’re having some actual autumn here. That’s a thing for us because spring and fall are too often too short preludes to…
Was 9/11 the Last Sign of “Christian America”?
The arguments fly back and forth about America as a “Christian nation.” On the right, it is an imagining of the past: an appeal for return to a once muscular moral order that, in the model of the Bible’s Book of Deuteronomy, brought national prosperity as the reward for obedience to standards revealed by God.…
Shut the Front Door
After hearing yesterday’s Gospel, which included Jesus’ imperative to, Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able (Luke 13:24), I bumped into a correlation in the ever scary (for clergy) Matthew 23, But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut the kingdom…
The Faux Flood
The serpent poured water like a river out of his mouth after the woman, to sweep her away with a flood. (Revelation 12:15) Over coffee (and a river of that sacred morning brew was necessary to read and discuss symbol dense Revelation 12 with church friends), I noticed that this particular flood is an example…
Letting the Word of God bounce around in our minds makes it available for the Spirit of God to bring to remembrance all that Jesus said….