Genesis 12:1-9; Psalm 33:1-12; (Hosea 5:15 - 6:6; Psalm 50:7-15;) Romans 4:13-25; Matthew 9:9-13, 18-26
1 Corinthians 7:29–31
Paul isn’t asking us to avoid the world. But if the form of the world is passing way, the everyday is becoming a step into promise.
I'm thinking about Psalm 33. It's a good one. It begins with music and ends with this reminder that princes and horses are not actually running the show. I know. I was surprised as well.
Some days it might feel that way, mind you, but it's not really the way things are. I always want question that kind of logic...ontology again. If Congress reinstates the draft then they are running the show. There is this thing called "power" and some people have more than others in some contexts. How does an ontological theo-philosophical argument slow down Congress or what have you?
Living by covenant, not contract
Monastic vows sound familiar to anyone who's been to a wedding. In both marriage and celibacy, we promise to be faithful.
Meditations on Purity, Hospitality, and Mortality
A man stumbled into church drunk and bleeding from his hand. "I have hepatitis C," he said. I remembered this as I read Richard Beck's book Unclean.
God is concerned with the health of women. God cares about teenagers who end up in a lifetime of poverty. Jesus healed the bleeding woman 2,000 years ago, and I think if he walked the streets today, he just might hand her a packet of pink pills.
Revised Common Lectionary © 1992 the Consultation on Common Texts. Used by permission.
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