Tag Archives: kingdom of God

Mere mortals

Consider the vision of God’s kingdom that Jesus offers: a world in which the poor have power; where the bereft are comforted. Where profits are harvested as food for the hungry, with ploughshares beaten out of pistols. Where the name Pulse has not been perverted to echo with death and anger, but resumes its resonance of life, and love. Where Aurora means the halo of light around the moon, giving glory to God with all the heavenly bodies, and we no longer ask, do you mean the one in Colorado, or the one in Illinois? Where the south side of Chicago is simply the sunny side of the street. Where the Tree of Life grows green in the Garden of Eden. A kingdom where the name Parkland conjures up, not the valley of the shadow of death, but a quiet place, green pastures beside still waters. Continue reading

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The myth of redemptive violence

We can move mountains, if our thoughts and prayers for the latest victims of violence are backed by faith in the one who loves us, rather than the myths sold us by our gun suppliers; if we remember who is was that sowed the Garden in the first place, and placed us in it. Continue reading

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Guarding the dead

An earlier version of this post was published at the Episcopal Cafe on September 27, 2017 I had been traveling in a country not previously visited; we drove past houses, both small and a little larger, surrounded by fortressed fences, … Continue reading

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Election day prayer

“My kingdom is not of this world, you say, yet, “The kingdom of God is at hand.” And so we wait, and watch, and vote, and pray, “Thy kingdom come,” all the while hoping that each small act of kindness, … Continue reading

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The chasms fixed between us

A sermon on Luke 16:19-31: the parable of the rich man and Lazarus The parable describes a way of life which starkly separates the rich man from the poor, the privileged from the dispossessed. It describes how these differences and … Continue reading

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Year C Proper 14: faith, hope, and a promise

A promise delayed, but not deferred … You know all of those charts – we’ve all seen them – showing how much wealth is in the world, how much food, how much of God’s good plenty to go around? Enough … Continue reading

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The widow’s might

I might be tempted call her a nag, or a scold, or a hag, or worse. A woman I knew said, “My husband says I am an advocate for our child; but I know that’s not the word that the … Continue reading

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Year C Proper 12: What is the world coming to?

What is the world coming to? How many times have we had to ask ourselves that question over the past few months, the past few years? When I told people abroad on vacation where I came from, they had heard … 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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Year C Lent 2: Temptations2: Too busy to be tempted

Last week, we left Jesus, or the devil left Jesus at the top of the temple, tempted to cast himself down into Jerusalem and wait upon the angels to save him from a cruel death. He was tempted to abandon … Continue reading

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