7+ Years In, Preaching Anew

More than 7 years into ordained ministry, and 19 years since I first entered seminary, I have renewed my practice of preaching – both delivering and preparing the sermon. I had always preached with a manuscript Most of these manuscripts were not paragraph’d pages looking as if they belonged in a book, but a more free-form movement ofContinue reading “7+ Years In, Preaching Anew”

Running as an Easter Spiritual Disicpline

If running doesn’t yet have a feast day on the church year calendar, Easter should be the Feast Day of Running. The Easter account tells of running – running to and from the tomb – in three of the four Gospels. Matthew 28:8 “So [Mary Magdalene and the other Mary] left the tomb quickly with fearContinue reading “Running as an Easter Spiritual Disicpline”

Holy Books and Violent Texts

“Come in and kill them. Let no one escape.” Such is a verse found in a book sacred to billions of religious people in the world. It’s not the only text of violence in this holy book. Indeed, there’s lots of violence in it. It would be easy to read this book – isolated verses and the longer sagas – andContinue reading “Holy Books and Violent Texts”

Playing the Wall Street Victim

In her widely shared “Two Views of Pope Francis” Ms Noonan unnecessarily condescends the Pope and his economics, and regrettably plays the Wall Street victim to the Pope’s cautions about capitalism. Ms Noonan’s experience with capitalism is legitimate, from her vaunted perch as a presidential speech writer and Wall Street Journal columnist. She has lived andContinue reading “Playing the Wall Street Victim”