“Paul asks, “what’s more important? Exercising your freedom to do whatever you want, or to be sensitive to your friends and family who maybe don’t see the world the same as you? Can we instead meet them where they are so that we can help them grow and come closer to God and each other?”
Category: Scriptural commentary
“Then Eli Perceived…” Comments on Faith and Discernment
Sermon prepared for the Second Sunday after Epiphany, Year B Why did this happen? What is going on? How in the world can I make
Speaking prophetically to one’s community; daily office commentary on Matthew 10:17-28.
“For most of my life I thought that speaking “prophetically” meant seeing the future or speaking in the role of a divinely authorized leader of a religious institution. In Jesus’s context, though, prophets most often emerged not from the leadership of the institutional political or religious class, but rather from the people, and sometimes even from outside the religious community. They were tasked with calling the institution, its leaders, and its community to repentance.”
Daily office commentary, Galatians 3:18-27; “Obviously [Christianity] was not a firsthand encounter with God. It was arranged by angelic messengers through a middleman, [Jesus].”
A common theme of the New Testament is the dueling contrasts of the Hebrew “law”: the dominant interpretation as embodied in Jewish culture and religion
Daily office commentary, Mark 12:28-34; living the most important commandments through proper use of our religions
28 One of the religion scholars came up. Hearing the lively exchanges of question and answer and seeing how sharp Jesus was in his answers, he
Daily office commentary, Mark 11:15-18; Jesus as a “religious populist”?
“So now this is something I am sitting with: I simultaneously applaud Jesus for giving a black eye to the religious elites who were seeking to control and economically exploit their people… while also firmly of the opinion that politicians who make populism central to their rhetoric and politics are dangerous to the health and vibrancy of a liberal democratic political system.” #dailyoffice