Category: Commentary

How to Ruin the Christmas Pageant

Okay y’all, buckle up for How to Ruin the Christmas Pageant. Mark’s gospel starts with Jesus as a full adult at the shores of the river Jordan. John’s gospel starts with the beginning of the universe, and then goes straight to adult Jesus also. The two birth stories of Jesus are found in Luke 1:26-2:20…
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A Holiday for the Suffering:  Today’s Nativity

At the heart of the Christmas story is a story of God’s total embodiment into suffering.  God was not born into grandeur and palaces, but to an unwed teenage mother sleeping in a stable and fleeing a murderous king.  Christmas, at its core, is a holiday for the suffering. No Place For Them In those…
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A sound of sheer silence: a commentary on Elijah, Legion, and Pulse

After the fire, there was a sound of sheer silence. After the hail of bullets, the murderous flash of bullet light, the thunder of bodies against the floor. After the earthquake of hope and joy and life torn from lives. After the ringing and ringing and ringing and ringing of cell phones as friends and…
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Do you see this woman?: a preaching commentary on rape culture, Bathsheba, and the use of grace

Happy is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Happy is he who sees a married woman from far off, commands her to be brought to him, rapes her, and sends her home. Happy is he who kills the husband of the woman he wants and who, when called out by the prophet…
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