Archive for March, 2013

Rowan Williams on God and human suffering

But it seems to me not clear that we should conclude that God, by suffering as direct subject the human sufferings of Jesus, becomes more profoundly involved in human pain of all kinds than he would otherwise be. On the contrary, God’s loving involvement is there already: what happens in Jesus is that we are […]

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Mary’s offering

A sermon on John 12:1-8 Today’s gospel lesson describes a pretty unusual dinner party. It is held at the home of Lazarus, the man who only recently was raised from the dead. And in the middle of it all, Lazarus’ sister Mary approaches Jesus, anoints his feet with very expensive perfume and wipes them with […]

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Ash Wednesday, 2013

Anne Lamott once said that the two best prayers she knows are: Thank you, Thank you, Thank you and Help me, Help me, Help me. And across the ages, this doesn’t seem to have changed very much. You can just look at the book of psalms, which contains some of the oldest prayers we pray. […]

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of Science and Systems

A sermon on Luke 4: 21-30 I’ve been reading lately about the development of modern medicine, germ theory and vaccines and antibiotics and all the rest.  It’s hard to believe how little was known or was widely known only a hundred years ago. And yet, over the course of a few decades, a whole wave […]

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The Deliciousness of Life

A sermon on John 2:1-11 In the eighteenth century, there was a clergyman from the Church of England who suggested that, given the vast amount of wine made available to the wedding guests, this miracle at the wedding in Cana would allow for folks to drink such that they had cheerfulness and pleasure. I know […]

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