* The book of Isaiah falls into three sections, each with a different author who between them span some 230 years from the 720’s to the 5teens BCE. In the O.T. lesson for Advent Sunday we encountered the voice we now recognize as Trito or Third Isaiah, who in the around 515 BCE addresses the … More Re-membering Memory
Advent hope The Old Testament lesson for Advent Sunday comes from the voice we know as the Third Isaiah, writing in the 6th-century BCE during the return of the Exiles from Babylon to Jerusalem. Like all Biblical texts, the writer has a context, writing for a specific audience facing real challenges as they live out … More Hope Is A Seed
First motif Last Sunday afternoon I sat around the table in the Stearns Room in the first of this year’s confirmation preparation classes with five people, three adults, and two teens, asking the question -who or what is God? Our discussion evolved over the course of our time together towards the hypothesis that the deepest … More Service, Reconciliation, and Resistance
The long and winding road How to begin? Well, maybe the best way to begin a reflection on the parable of the talents in Matthew 25 is to confess that I haven’t a very clear understanding of what this parable means, other than to note that it has some rather odd and disturbing messages buried … More The Long and Winding Road
Here is the audio track from a reflection on Martin of Tour I gave at Choral Evensong on the occasion of their Patronal Festival at St Martin’s, Providence. The reflections are organized around the suggestion of an internal tension between love and duty that shaped the whole of Martin’s life. In a time of massive … More Martin of Tour: a man for our time?
A sermon from The Rev. Linda Mackie Griggs for Pentecost 25 “…but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” In last week’s lesson from the Hebrew Scriptures Joshua son of Nun, then a young man, led the Israelites miraculously across the Jordan—on dry land between two walls of water– a … More A Different Kind of Other: Joshua 24: 1-3a, 14-25
Everything in the universe is inter-connected and inter-dependent. Everything impacts upon everything else. The Medieval Church understood this only too well in the grand panorama of a three-tiered universe comprised of the Church Militant here in time and space, the Church Expectant – those having passed through death into a state of preparation for eventual entry into the third … More Saints, Souls and Dark Matter