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Jun172018

Hosea 2 - A People with No Sense of Direction

The prophets have never had an official place in either the Jewish or the Christian religions. Almost never in history was a prophet ordained to become a priest or bishop, an elected denominational president or chief executive. Prophets usually speak out against the religious establishment, not for it. It is the vocation, the divine calling, of prophets to condemn rather than to congratulate. That’s why they are never welcomed into the inner circles of any religion. They are agitators, not assimilators, irritating provocateurs, not irenic proclaimers.

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Sunday
Jun102018

Hosea 1 - The Impossibility of Biblical Literalism

The prophecy of Hosea is the first of twelve biblical books which are collectively known as the Minor Prophets. The word “minor” in this context does not mean they are less important than the Major Prophets, but rather that each of these books is shorter in length than Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, and Daniel. They are the five books of the Major Prophets.

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Sunday
May272018

Blessed are ... the peacemakers

When Jesus came riding into Jerusalem on a donkey at the beginning of Holy Week, he came in peace. Symbolically, the animal he rode, a donkey, signified that. No sane person would go anywhere on a donkey, wanting to make it appear that he fiercely intended to wage war. On that long-ago day, many in the crowd who welcomed Jesus apparently believed he was the Messiah. The twelve disciples may also have believed it. By the time Jesus was born, however, most Jews expected the Messiah to be a warrior. So as far as most of his contemporaries were concerned, Jesus could not possibly be the Messiah.

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Sunday
May132018

Blessed are... the seekers of righteousness

It is no easy assignment to become a follower of Jesus Christ. As the 20th century German theologian and martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.” “Take up your cross and follow me,” said Jesus. It was not an insignificant or offhand observation. He who knew his own cross was soon coming challenged us to take up our own crosses in our quest to enter fully into God’s kingdom.

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Sunday
May062018

Blessed are ... the meek 

For Americans living in the early years of the 21st century, the third Beatitude is very difficult to understand, let alone to emulate. Meekness, as ordinarily understood, is not an admired American attribute. If anything, it is a personal quality most of us have been taught never to attempt to adopt. Americans think of themselves as being tough, tough-minded, and not easy to intimidate. Meekness is not an ordinarily admired virtue for Americans.

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