Category Archives: On the way to Sunday’s sermon

In a world that cannot afford stable happiness, Jesus denies us regime change, but offers us himself, and with him more than we could ask or imagine.

The Good Life It begins by seeing, or imagining “the good life”. We see it in others. We see it on TV. We naturally want it for ourselves and we try to figure out how to get it, and after … Continue reading

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In the Ascended Christ You Will One Day Make Our Imagined Superheroes Look Frail and Withered by Decay

Meta-Stories We live in the age of meta-stories. We call the “franchises”. Star Wars Harry Potter Lord of the Rings The Marvel Universe These franchises have nearly taken over the movie industry. Check out the numbers on the Marvel Cinematic … Continue reading

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Peter’s Four Imperatives and two Images point to the Church

What do you believe? How do you know?  Is humanity responsible for climate change or are you a skeptic? Do vaccinations cause autism? Will cutting taxes juice the economy and thus raise more revenue for the government? Do diet sodas really … Continue reading

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Why the Resurrected Jesus tells Mary to stop clinging and why this dislocates us from the deadly center of the story

Personal Apocalypse One of the most popular stories in the Wall Street Journal this week is about Charles Murphy. This is how the article was titled Wall Street Made Charles Murphy Successful and Rich, but Happiness Eluded Him After his apparent … Continue reading

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Kendall Jenner in a Pepsi Ad and Jesus on Palm Sunday

Civil Rights Protesting in 1955 and Today In 1955 Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat. The incident mobilized the civil rights movement and the Montgomery Bus Boycott was a defining event both for the movement and the profile … Continue reading

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How Jesus Rescued a Socially Outcast Woman across Gender, Ethnic and Religious Battle Lines and showed himself to be Lord of All

Globalization-Pluralism-Skepticism  In his book Getting Religion Kenneth Woodward, former religion editor at Newsweek Magazine reviews the religious movements, trends and changes he observed in America from the Eisenhower administration in the 1950s up to the Obama administration. The list of formal, … Continue reading

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Born from Above by the Man from Heaven in a Pluralistic World

The Great Birkini Debate This past summer the debate about religious clothing in France reached a global audience when police enforced a ban on the birkini, modest swimwear that many Muslim women were wearing. This set up the uncomfortable situation … Continue reading

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