Category Archives: Provocations

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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

What does it mean, precisely, to be “spiritual but not religious”? Presumably, generally, something relating to the social reality, or maybe more properly the institutional reality, of something that can be called “religion.” But I have been consistently confused about … Continue reading

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27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Our pastor preached on Luke 17:5-10. The disciples want more faith. Jesus tells them a story about what it means to be a servant. It means you don’t set your own agenda, you don’t follow your own preferences or your … Continue reading

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“Never underestimate …”

In the second-wave-feminist 1970s, it was commonplace to hear the lament “a woman has to be twice as good as a man to get half as far.” In view of the dismaying news of this election season, I have begun … Continue reading

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More on Revelation

Disagreements regarding the status and content of revelation are the continuing source of most of the serious conflicts within and among religious people, as well as between religious and non-religious. The question of how such disagreements might be resolved has … Continue reading

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Promoting Peacemaking

Just learned that the PC(USA) is offering a number of resources focusing on peacemaking, including Bible Study curriculum and daily devotions, leading up to World Communion Sunday, the first Sunday in October (this year, October 2). They are available at … Continue reading

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What do we create?

Found the beautiful prayer/poem “A Simple Choice” at Sacredise while looking for liturgical resources for the 13th Sunday in ordinary time. Do we create need … or do we create plenty? Still working on a better answer to that one. Read … Continue reading

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