Monthly Archives: February 2015

Lenten reflections on scripture — earthen vessels

2 Corinthians 4:7 I have this treasure in — my Grandma Snider’s mixing bowl, touching it I taste biscuits, my forty-year-old seminary Bible covered with all my notes for open-Bible exams, the hand of the Sunday School kid (dirty doesn’t … Continue reading

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Lenten reflection on scripture — Micah 6:8

What doesn’t the LORD require of you … once insider trading, walls across the Mexican border and strutting are off the table? The rest of everything. Hymns, praise music, sermons and capital campaigns are not required. The second amendment is … Continue reading

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Marches … from Argentina

The poem is by Gerardo Oberman of Argentina in translation by Katie Fiegenbaum and I pair it with a photograph that I took in Israel in a place that was called the wilderness of the temptation. But Gerardo’s point is that … Continue reading

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Lenten reflection on scripture — for insomniacs

Psalm 4:8 (OK a bunch of others, too) Not melatonin, not diphenhydramine HCI, yoga breathing, clear conscience, meditation, or writing my worries in a journal, safe for the morning … but you alone, O God, cause me to lie down … Continue reading

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Lenten reflection on scripture — Judge not …

Matthew 7: 1-3 Do not judge the school bully if you cannot count his beatings. Do not judge the addict to online pornography if you don’t know why she wants to be spanked. Do not judge the alcoholic with a … Continue reading

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Lenten reflections on scripture — One for clergy

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8, for parish clergy For everything there is a season and a Lent or even Ordinary time for every purpose – a time for a first quaking climb to the pulpit and sabbatical or retirement to pew-sit, a … Continue reading

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Lenten Reflections on scripture – the Temptation

Mark 1:12-13 The Spirit drove Jesus out into the worlderness for forty days, and he was tempted — not three-point sermon tempted — but tempted by all the temptings we are ever likely to know. And it was hard, but … Continue reading

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