It’s the Sunday after Easter, which means we’re remembering an Orthodox tradition that’s been celebrated for centuries. During the first week of Easter these Christians remembered the trick that Jesus played on the devil, tricking death on Easter morning. These Christians would play practical jokes and laugh and tell funny stories in memory of the … Continue reading Thomas
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Web007rzSOI John 18 The philosopher Hannah Arnedt wrote an incredible book about her observation of the trial of Adolph Eichman, the Nazi who organized the transportation to the death camps in Germany during the Holocaust. When Eichman was finally put on trial after World War II Arnedt made this horrifying discovery. Eichman was a civil … Continue reading Strange fruit and the banality of evil
Once a year I put my thumb in a jar of ashes and oil, draw a cross on the forehead of a child, and remind her that she will die. This past Wednesday was Ash Wednesday. It’s the day when we remember that we are made of dust and that each of our mortal bodies … Continue reading Ashes and guns – John 11
Genesis 27 10/24/17 The stories of the covenant of God being passed through the generations in Genesis are raw and real. There are no idealistic, picturesque heroes here. There are no moral stories embedded in the text, no Seven Habits of Highly Effective People or models for good works. Today’s story of the patriarch Jacob … Continue reading Two Blessings
Genesis 1-2 Who is in charge of this mess? I've been wondering that. It’s been a difficult and painful year for our planet. A few months ago, the United States pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord. We’re already seeing the effects of a coming climate disaster as oceans warm and intensify storms to catastrophic … Continue reading Created for need
Matthew 16 Raleigh Mennonite Church What does the cross mean? What has it meant for you? Symbols are powerful. We’re in a season as a country where we’re being reminded of the power of symbols to shape our histories and form us as a people. That’s a story as old as time. In the … Continue reading Take up your cross
Romans 12:1-8 Raleigh Mennonite Church One of the preaching practices I inherited from the great homiletics professor, Chuck Campbell, is called dislocated exegesis. Dr Campbell suggests preachers spend an hour reading the in a place where you don’t usually read the Bible. So earlier this week I found myself reading Romans in a Food Lion … Continue reading What is worship for?