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Remembrance, repentance, and reconciliation

In Lent, we bury [the word of ululating praise] beneath our tongues, yet even in dust and ashes it is our song, tuning in to Christ’s love, our hope, the truth of God’s undying mercy. Continue reading

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Year A Advent 2: Snakes and other stories

There are a lot of snakes in today’s readings. In Isaiah, a small child plays over the nests of asps and adders. In Matthew, John the Baptizer calls the Pharisees a brood of vipers. Now, a quick survey of biblical … Continue reading

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In memoriam

Earlier this year, I preached a sermon about fire and forgiveness, looking back and looking forward. Nelson Mandela, gravely ill at the time, was a great inspiration: I know that I am not the only preacher this morning who looked … Continue reading

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Year C Proper 8: Don’t look back

There are some hard words from Jesus in this passage: “Let the dead bury their own dead.” “No one who puts a hand to the plough and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” “The Son of Man … Continue reading

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To understand all is to forgive all

I understand from various casual sources that this commonplace was most famously recorded, if not coined, by Leo Tolstoy in War and Peace, which I have yet to read: “Tous comprendre, c’est tous pardonner.” There is a reason it has … Continue reading

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