It's easy—from the comfort of my desk, where I’m healthy, well fed and securely employed—to experience a sense of "enough," as I wrote last week. It’s easy to champion compassion, justice and peace (what's not to like?), even when it puts me at odds with a few biblical texts.
Season after Pentecost | 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)
Lamentations 1:1-6; Lamentations 3:19-26 or Psalm 137; (Habakkuk 1:1-4 and 2:1-4; Psalm 37:1-9;) 2 Timothy 1:1-14; Luke 17:5-10
by Paul KeimSeptember 18, 2007
An emphasis on the decision character of faith has a long and deep history in the American psyche going back to our Puritan and evangelical ancestors. From Jonathan Edwards and Charles Finney to Billy Sunday, Billy Graham and their successors, faith, as encountered in the idiom both of born-again revivalism and of religious “progressives,” has served as shorthand for “I have decided to follow Jesus.” But the biblical meaning of faith cannot be reduced to individualistic voluntarism.