On Sundays, my mother stayed home and read the paper. Yet she insisted that we kids go to church.
Season after Pentecost | 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)
Genesis 29:15-28; Psalm 105:1-11, 45b or Psalm 128; (1 Kings 3:5-12; Psalm 119:129-136;) Romans 8:26-39; Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
When I combined the popular ideas of God in my mind, I ended up with a strange stew—a lover God who would torture me with fire if I stepped out of line and bless me with diamonds if I obeyed. In other words, my image of God had a serious borderline personality disorder.
In 1983, Kenneth Mitchell and Herbert Anderson wrote that "death is only one form of loss." This would have been unthinkable for Christians half a century earlier.
by Lucy BregmanOctober 28, 2011
Those of us who no longer live in oral cultures may have lost respect for storytelling as a vehicle of moral authority. Just give us the facts, ma'am. We're data people, and we like it in writing. For us the parabolic arts may be fine entertainment, but they're an unnecessarily messy way of getting at the truth.
by Paul KeimJuly 18, 2011