Prayer for July 12, 2021

Prayer for July 12, 2021: Please pray with me. God of justice, when we hear this title, what do we think? Do we think this is some kind of partisan title – some group trying to lay claim to you? Do we think justice is about maintaining order at...
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Reputation and Fulfillment

Below is the Gospel reading from Mark 6:14-29 along with the sermon I gave yesterday on that passage as well as our Old Testament passage for the day – 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19....
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Prayer for July 9, 2021

Prayer for July 8, 2021: Please pray with me. God of doubt, we have this idea that you demand compliance and certainty. Yet, all through Scripture there are plenty of doubts, abstractions, and questions. We can never really get all the beliefs right. That would mean we would be...
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Response and Reflection on “Faith After Doubt.”

I recently read “Faith after Doubt” by Brian McLaren. I loved this book. I want to take a little bit of time to offer a reflection and response to the book. I’ll do this in sections, by pulling out quotes from the book. I welcome your comments and reflections...
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Prayer for July 8, 2021

Prayer for July 8, 2021: Please pray with me. God of justice, we call to you. There are many who suffer injustice in our world in far too many ways. And too often we are blind to these things. We make excuses for them. We refuse to see the...
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Christians and partisanship

I’m not going to argue that Christians should never be a part of a political party. There are perfectly good reasons for Christians to be a part of one. Simple and logical reasons are that there are places where if you want to fully participate in the electoral process,...
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Prayer for July 7, 2021

Prayer for July 7, 2021: Please pray with me. God of wonder, you created us in your image and likeness. That comes with a responsibility to see you in others too. Because when we look at others, we are looking at the image and likeness of you. Clear our...
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What if…

Richard Rohr puts out a daily email message. Often he’ll quote other folks. Recently, he had a reflection on the Gospel of Mark and included a statement by Brian McLaren. Here’s what he included: “What if Jesus had a message that truly could change the world, but we’re prone...
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Prayer for June 10, 2021

Prayer for June 10, 2021: Please pray with me. God who is in control, forgive us. We seem to think we have taken your place – that we are in control. How silly. We aren’t in control. And we certainly aren’t you. We are your creation. Our version of...
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