It is startling to encounter words that easily puncture what troubles us, in a moment aching for the holy iconoclasm of the poetry of Madeleine L’Engle.
“There is membership not in what is owed to ourselves, but in what is owed to Christ because we are now in him.”
And in our gospel passage, Mary of course – like all of us on this side of death – is not yet fully awake. She makes first contact with the resurrected Jesus, and it’s about as awkward as Peter embarrassing himself by trying to pitch a tent on Mount Tabor. Mary’s problem is that she thinks Jesus is dead, and when she sees that he’s gone, she consoles herself by saying, “they have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.”
A wise art teacher used to say, “Make art that won’t be burnt up.” He meant, make art that will outlast the last judgment. Make art that will count as one of the “glories of the nations” brought into the New Jerusalem (Rev. 21:26). Beauty attracts us, even when our reasons are unconvinced.
There is a moment you stand on the brink, or the brink stands on you. The inexorable draw pulls you in, like gravity, like…
Good leadership requires self-awareness: a leader knowing herself by acknowledging her gifts and limits to set herself up for success.
“We are not only impoverished in love; our loves are disordered, out of alignment. We can attempt to cushion them as much as we want; only realigning misplaced joints will relieve the pain, though.”
When everything is turned inside-out, a jumble of items cascading from a moving box or a partially rearranged room in upheaval, then you can…
The texts for this sermon come from Psalm 23 and John 10:11-18. In the middle of the Easter season every year is what some…
Beware the excuse that lets you off the hook, or lets your friends, your ideological companions, or your heroes off the hook.