Old Testament Lessons For the last month, we have listened to a broad historical outline sketched out in the first book of Samuel. I and II Samuel are the first two books of a larger corpus of Old Testament histories covering the period that charts the rise and fall of monarchical tyranny in ancient Israel. … More Tyranny: one short memory loss away
St Martin’s first strategic priority is called embedding the Bible in community life. In addition to recently completing the year-long Bible Challenge, many of our ministry groups now routinely take some time for Bible reflection during their meetings. At the recent men’s beer and pizza evening, actually, it’s more pizza than beer, we devoted time … More A Holy Trinity: Bible, Kingdom, and Politics
A sermon from the Red. Linda Mackie Griggs “…people were saying, “He has gone out of his mind.” And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebul…” In the past few weeks, the Episcopal Church seems to be having something of a moment. Fourteen minutes in the pulpit at the latest … More Gaslighting Jesus
There is a tension in organized religion between prophecy and culture. In the playing out of this tension, organized religion runs the risk of accommodating itself to cultural expectations, bestowing a spiritual imprimatur upon them. When it resists this tendency and is faithful to its prophetic responsibility, organized religion poses a challenge to prevailing cultural … More A Clear Litmus Test for the Church
Perhaps we can begin a more serious reflection on the Trinity with a little Irish humor from Donal and Conal. Every Sunday we say together the words of the Nicene Creed, which distill down to four concise statements: We believe in God, maker of heaven and earth. We believe in Jesus Christ, eternally begotten of … More “You will have to do better than that Patrick!”
A sermon from the rev. Linda Mackie Griggs There once was a bishop: Gregory of Nazianzus, Bishop of Constantinople. It was his mission in life to defend the Doctrine of the Trinity as stated in the Nicene Creed against those who would, in effect, strip it of its mystery. And one of the biggest … More The Wind Blows Where it Wishes
So it truly is a miracle to experience the sudden bursting into new life that occurs as the weeks of May give way to the sudden warmth of a New England spring – so long delayed that it seems no sooner here than it’s gone and suddenly, summer is upon us. My thoughts of … More In but not of: that’s the question.