The Blessing of Disillusionment

“Then Job answered:2 ‘Today also my complaint is bitter;his hand is heavy despite my groaning.3 O that I knew where I might find him,that I might come even to his dwelling!4 I would lay my case before him,and fill my mouth with arguments.5 I would learn what he would answer me,and understand what he wouldContinue reading “The Blessing of Disillusionment”

A Childish Dream

Some Pharisees came, and to test [Jesus] they asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her.” But Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart heContinue reading “A Childish Dream”

The Interconnectedness of Our Liberation

38 John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” 39 But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evilContinue reading “The Interconnectedness of Our Liberation”

What Is Your Flagpole?

4 The Lord God has given me   the tongue of a teacher,that I may know how to sustain   the weary with a word.Morning by morning he wakens—   wakens my ear   to listen as those who are taught.5 The Lord God has opened my ear,   and I was not rebellious,   I did not turn backwards.6 I gave my back to those whoContinue reading “What Is Your Flagpole?”

Action Builds Belief

Hear now the new testament reading from James the second chapter. This translation is the NRSV with a few alterations by Pastor Dexter.  My family, do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ? For if a person with gold rings and in fine clothes comes into your assembly,Continue reading “Action Builds Belief”

The Fruit of Our Traditions

Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him, 2they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. 3(For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition ofContinue reading “The Fruit of Our Traditions”

The Moment of Truth

In January of 2009, the Fox television network, showing either the effects of the writers’ strike or the signs of social decay, offered a gem of televised exploitation—the kind that repulses you, but you can’t help watching. It was a game show called The Moment of Truth. Now game shows about telling the truth areContinue reading “The Moment of Truth”