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The Bible in 66 Verses

Writer, pastor, and ecumenist Sarah Wilson chooses THE one verse from each book of the Bible that best summarizes that book. A fascinating exercise.


April 20, 2010 at 2:37 pm Leave a comment

At the Movies

I’ve never seen this movie. It sounds like one I ought to watch.

April 7, 2010 at 11:19 am Leave a comment

Your Questions Please! – The tomb of Jesus

Question: Jesus was so popular when he lived his years on earth. How is it people are so unsure of the actual place of his tomb? Wouldn’t everything he did on earth be so well documented through the ages?

Continue Reading April 6, 2010 at 8:51 am Leave a comment

Signs of the Times

Driving past the “Little Treasures” daycare (in a Methodist church building) on Southern Ave., I see a sign for an Easter Egg Hunt April 2. April 2, of course, is Good Friday.

At the last John Bower League basketball game, a flyer is being handed out for an all-day basketball camp (not run by the John Bower League, I hasten to add.) The date? April 2.

While I doubt schools have off on April 2 for the sake of other educational/fun community activities, no doubt there are plenty of folk out there who think that the former church building better serves children as a day-care center and that kids will be better served on Good Friday by learning basketball than by attending worship.

But such an attitude comes at cost – the cost of there being no shared value in our culture other than what the market will bear, the cost of children and families losing the opportunity to contemplate and the ability to be reverent. Good Friday? Just another opportunity to cram in some more activities. A golden opportunity.

March 15, 2010 at 10:40 am Leave a comment

Art and Culture

This article on the website of First Things dovetails quite well with my current reading of Philip Rieff’s series Sacred Order/Social Order. The article is probably easier to read, however.

There could be no starker—or more revealing—contrast than the exhibitions at London’s major museums this winter: “Pop Life: Art in a Material World” at Tate Britain and “The Sacred Made Real: Spanish Painting and Sculpture 1600-1700” at the National Gallery. The works they show come not merely from separate times and places but also from separate minds. These are not art shows so much as windows into two entirely different ways of understanding reality.

“Pop Life” presents the argument that reality is at root material and it is up to us to make the most of it. “The Sacred Made Real” portrays a world in which the material is a stepping stone or a promise of something beyond what we see. In one, we are the measure of all things. In the other, we are part of something much larger than ourselves.

January 18, 2010 at 4:04 pm Leave a comment

Only the beginning…

Before people had ready access to calendars, it became a custom at the Epiphany to announce the dates of the feasts that would occur later in the year: Septuagesima (pre-Lent), Ash Wednesday, Easter Day, the Ascension, Pentecost, and the First Sunday in Advent. A modern form of the announcement is this, for the year 2010:

Dear brothers and sisters, the glory of the Lord has shone upon us, and shall ever be manifest among us until the day of his return. Through the rhythms and times and seasons, let us celebrate the mystery of salvation. Let us recall the year’s culmination, the Easter Triduum of the Lord: his Last Supper, his crucifixion, his burial, and his resurrection celebrated between the evening of the 1st of April and the evening of the 4th of April. Each Easter, as on each Sunday, the holy Church makes present the great and saving deed by which Christ has for ever conquered sin and death. From Easter are reckoned all the days we keep holy. Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, will occur on the 17th of February. The Ascension of our Lord will be commemorated on the 13th of May, and the joyful conclusion of Easter, the Day of Pentecost, will be celebrated on the 23rd of May. Likewise the pilgrim Church proclaims the Passover of Christ in the feasts of Mary, the Mother of our Lord, in the feasts of the apostles, martyrs, and saints, and in the commemoration of the faithful departed.

To Jesus Christ, who was, who is, and who is to come, the Lord of time and history, be endless praise, forever and ever.

The tradition of the announcement of the church year has been preserved in some places and revived in many others because it teaches that the celebration of the Nativity is only the beginning of the liturgical celebration of Christ’s life and that it has its culmination in the Paschal Mystery, the center of the liturgical year. Moreover, the announcement on the feast of the Epiphany, the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles, is an anticipation of the parousia, when Christ will come again in all his glory to gather the nations under his gentle rule.

from Philip Pfatteicher, New Book of Festivals and Commemorations

January 7, 2010 at 8:47 am Leave a comment

Sermon – 3rd Sunday of Advent

John the Baptist’s message cannot be a word of comfort until it is a word of warning;

a warning that when liberation comes,

all that belongs to the enemy will be swept away.

So those who have put their trust in the enemy will be swept away as well,

or at least have everything won by fear taken away from them.

“Bear fruits worthy of repentance,”

is a call to join the resistance,

the resistance which works behind the lines until help comes from outside.

Continue Reading December 14, 2009 at 1:24 pm Leave a comment

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