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
A sermon from The Rev. Linda Mackie Griggs “This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants’; I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not cross over there.” –Deuteronomy 34:4 “We have some unfinished business.” The … More Unfinished Business
The context While it’s not absolutely essential for the understanding of Jesus’ encounter in Matthew in 22:15-22, it’s kind of interesting to engage in a little historical contextual exploration. If you think America’s political body is fractious and fragmented then picture the state of Roman Palestine in the time of Jesus. Jewish body politic in … More Caesar or God, the question is: can you feel the love?
Evolution Spiritual understanding emerges over time on humanity’s long march in a relationship with God. Judaism, and to a lesser degree Christianity both understand humanity’s relationship with God to be an evolutionary one, rooted in the events of history. This historical understanding of God can be contrasted with the understanding of the great Eastern religions, which … More Idols: Exodus 32
A former colleague and friend from Phoenix emailed me during this last week with a desperate plea: are you preaching on Sunday? I assumed some feeling desperation at the prospect of preaching on the lessons for Sunday in the light all that’s happening in the world around us? Why did I assume so? Maybe it … More Kingdom Talk and Empire Walk