Category Archives: Short Reflections

“The Fearsome God of Isaac”

Just noticed this: In Genesis 31:42 and 31:53, Jacob refers to the God of Abraham and the something God of Isaac; NRSV translates it as “the Fear of Isaac” and notes that the Hebrew is uncertain; similarly JPS; NLT translates … Continue reading

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Second Sunday after Epiphany

Despite the winter storm watch on Friday/Saturday, the parking lot this morning had been ploughed and was not too slippery, and most of our driveways must have been sufficiently passable, because almost as many people showed up for worship as … Continue reading

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Something Entirely New

Finally realized that I have always missed the point of the metaphor in Matthew 9:16 (“Besides, who would patch old clothing with new cloth?” NLT). Hello, it’s clearly NOT about patching things up. If what you have is new cloth, … Continue reading

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Waking Up to the Moment

I’m starting out the theological year by reading Awake to the Moment: An Introduction to Theology.1 This book has sat reproachfully on the “read me” shelf almost since it came out in 2016, while other preoccupations kept pushing it aside, … Continue reading

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Epiphany

We celebrated Epiphany at our church this morning, although technically Epiphany was yesterday. It might have been particularly appropriate that our Bible study class was reading the first chapter of Daniel, since Daniel was presumably one of the kind of … Continue reading

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Working Theology

Gramsci said that everyone is a philosopher – because everyone has a philosophy of life. In that sense, everyone is also a theologian. Everyone has a theology – a talk about God – whether it’s derived from the Catechism of … Continue reading

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First Sunday after Christmas

[A liturgical note: Technically, when Christmas Eve is on a Sunday, and Christmas is on a Monday, we end up with no Sundays for Christmas. Technically, today is Epiphany, or rather, the Sunday before Epiphany, which is January 6. “January … Continue reading

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