Susan Kendall is a Presbyterian minister and director of the doctor of ministry program at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
The word is very near to you
Deuteronomy is a book of words, a book of preaching and exhortation offered as the word of God. It is made up of words given by leaders to the people before they are to form a new nation, establish homes, plant vineyards, dig wells.
July 7, 2016
Prophetic vision and comfort
Much is made in our time of creativity, imagination, and vision. Some lament that we have lost these qualities as a civilization; others search and find pockets of each like a light in the dark night.
June 30, 2016
July 10, 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Luke 10:25-37
How do we respond to the issues that trouble people deeply? Jesus and the lawyer have a proper debate, but the lawyer continues to wrestle and cannot let go.
June 21, 2016
July 3, 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Isaiah 66:10-14; Luke 10:1-11, 16-20
Jesus sends his disciples out “like lambs in the midst of wolves.” We live in a time when intimacy is erased, privacy laughable, rhetoric rude and rusty. The notion of going out as lambs to wolves is apt, even if the wolves and lambs may be interchangeable.
June 14, 2016
Clear texts and troubled times
I have finally gotten around to putting away the green garden hose I tripped over all fall. After some extended travel time, the sudden frigid weather caught me off guard. Trying to coil cold plastic hose in a chilly garage seems impossible. Getting the job done properly requires time and patience. I was determined to take hours if necessary and to do it with humor and the long view.
March 1, 2011
Sunday, March 6, 2011: Matthew 17:1-9
I spent my early childhood on the high altiplano of Bolivia, where we took for granted spectacular views of mountains and lakes. I hiked the hills, explored caves and played among the Incan ruins....
February 22, 2011
What we buy and who we are
Money and what we do with it--this sounds like an even-handed way to determine ethical standards. But in these times of supposed transparency, I can't figure out how a nation like the United States keeps going when it has debt in numbers beyond anyone's ability to comprehend or even pronounce. How many zeros?
February 21, 2011
Sunday, February 27, 2011: Matthew 6:24-34
At 28, Scott Harrison asked himself, "What would the opposite of my life look like?" As a businessman in New York, he had all the signs of success....
February 15, 2011
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