Tag Archives: Advent

Joseph’s Sacrificial Fatherhood and a Dream greater than any Visa can secure

The PBS NewsHour series “Brief but Spectacular” portrays Jacqueline Novogratz with her micro-lending development work. The interview begins this way. JACQUELINE NOVOGRATZ, Founder and CEO, Acumen:  When I was six years old, my first grade nun, Sister Mary Theophane, beat it … Continue reading

Posted in On the way to Sunday's sermon | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Why all our efforts at self-rescue and security fall short, and how the frustrating Son of Man brings peace

Ghost Ship Fire in Oakland On December 2 fire broke out in a warehouse that had been used an artist collective in Oakland CA. There was an unpermitted concert event in the building happening at the time as well as … Continue reading

Posted in On the way to Sunday's sermon | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

John the Advent Sandwich Board Guy

Two Sandwich Signs So here are two sandwich signs. How do they make you feel? Does one or neither grip you? Why does one grip you and not the other? Maybe neither grips you and you just think they’re nuts … Continue reading

Posted in On the way to Sunday's sermon | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Prepare for the Day of the Lord, Large and Small

Reading Church History If you know me you know I’m a lifelong learner and history has always interested me. Over the last several months I’ve read (or listened to on audio books) a variety of things on various periods since … Continue reading

Posted in On the way to Sunday's sermon | Tagged , | 1 Comment

The Idol of Equality and Jesus’ Appallingly Inclusive Invitation to Love Sacrificially

Mary’s High School Cohort Taking Selfies This American Life recently did a program on “Status Update” where Ira Glass interviews High School freshman girls on selfies. What Glass reveals is that these girls are in the midst of a continual … Continue reading

Posted in On the way to Sunday's sermon | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Why Your Moralism Cannot Save The World

Last week we saw the double bind American culture is in. On one hand as the NY Daily News front page illustrates few believe that praying is of any value at all in dealing with our problems. A new “meme” even … Continue reading

Posted in Daily Links and Notes | Tagged , | 1 Comment

How to have Bold Public Joy when the World is Pulling Itself to its own Doom

This Month in Killing If you are a person that likes to watch US news the last few weeks have been anything but cheery. Let’s Review. (for the year in Terrorist attacks see Wikipedia) Oct 31: ISIS downs a Russian jetliner … Continue reading

Posted in On the way to Sunday's sermon | Tagged , | 3 Comments