Monthly Archives: June 2014

Year A Proper 8: Good news and free gifts

I doubt that there is anyone in this room who has never had pressed into their hand, or encountered on the back of a public convenience door, or otherwise been accosted by a photocopied pamphlet containing, among other words, this … Continue reading

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Baggage

You can see him from afar, made taller by the child on his shoulders, a smaller version of himself; another in a carrier on his back looks like a wizened old man. Little dogs gambol about his feet, with every … Continue reading

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Year A Proper 8: Whoever welcomes you

Whoever welcomes you welcomes me; whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me (Matthew 10:40). When my parents took me home, they invited into their family a whole other set of DNA, a whole other history, a whole other … Continue reading

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Zechariah and the newborn

Today is the Feast of the Nativity of John the Baptist. According to the Gospel of Luke, when Gabriel (an archangel) announced to John’s father that his wife would conceive, Zechariah was doubtful, and Gabriel, as a sign that this … Continue reading

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Year A Proper 7: fear, scams and sparrows

First, a little bit of context. This gospel starts in the middle of Jesus’ instructions to his disciples as they are getting ready to go out into the world on their own for the first time as his emissaries, his … Continue reading

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Sparrow, shopping

Originally posted on over the water:
Browsing the shiny cellophaned produce section, soaring over fields of grain on the updraft of the bread ovens. Sealed in our tin cans, concentrated and reduced, we must be such a disappointment to you.

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Six impossible things before breakfast

A crossover from the bible challenge blog: “Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in … Continue reading

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