23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B, RCL)
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Throughout scripture, human bodies are not an obstacle to righteousness; they are its location.
Reading Proverbs 22 without risking a change of heart
by David Keck
Proclaiming God’s abundance or dwelling in perceived scarcity?
by David Keck
This time of year, our inner landscapes can seem as bleak as the outer ones.
In his response to John, Jesus speaks of hope in the present tense.
Recent books that are shaping discussions in New Testament studies
Selected by Joshua Jipp
What does it do to the body and spirit to be preyed upon constantly?
Ephphatha is Jesus’ own original language. Be opened!
A well-placed wisecrack can pull the mighty down from their thrones.
Did Jesus just call that woman a dog?
In the Talmud, there is a story of a group of rabbis arguing over the status of a particular clay oven. Is it clean or unclean? Rabbi Eliezer stands alone against the interpretation given by his fellow sages, and he begins to call upon nature to confirm him.
I have spent most of my Christian life in deep discomfort with Mark 7. I now read it as an early example of the priesthood of all believers.
Last week we drove 350 miles to Smith College, where our daughter was singing with the glee club at Christmas Vespers. Each year at a pair of services, campus and community enter liminal space by hearing sacred music from student choral and orchestral groups, pondering poetry and biblical readings by students and faculty, and singing carols together.
This year it also became a setting to turn attention to other matters. As a Facebook event page put it, “You can’t sing carols if you can’t breathe.”
By Martha Spong
Nelson Mandela has died, and most of the TV stations have programs paying tribute to him. Over and over again journalists are referring to him as an “icon.” An “icon” of what? It still sounds vaguely blasphemous.
He has repeatedly told journalists (and the world) that he is not a saint, and that he rejects the depiction of him as any kind of saint. So if he is not a saint and not the icon of a saint, what is he?
By Steve Hayes
On September 9, when many of our members return from Labor Day vacations or summer travels, the gospel text from Mark and the sacrament of communion might be a powerful combination to welcome folks back to the gospel-centered community.
Whether she knows it or not, the Syrophoenician woman’s reference to the table is a persuasive image for her audience. The table stands at the center of Jesus’ ministry.
It’s scary. Sometimes, we Scrappers have to swallow our pride in order to start working with the institution that turned us away. Often, Scrappers develop autonomy and a certain voice that we fear we'll lose if we move into partnership with an established organization. We worry that the structure will steal our ideas and they'll have the money and power to pull them off—without us.