Category Archives: Scripture

Faith and Politics

It was a strange thing, reading Smith’s Awaiting the King off and on throughout “Christ the King” Sunday.  Smith is taking his argument about the Christian faith’s political implications much farther than I anticipated, which has made it a good … Continue reading

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Our Liturgical/Political Reality

I’m slowly making my way through James K. A. Smith’s Awaiting the King, hoping to have it read through once before Thanksgiving.  It’s a good read that brings a lot of threads together (along with some nice nods to pop … Continue reading

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“As If Paul Really Meant It”

I’ve been thinking a lot about church lately, for as many reasons as there are days in a week, really.  I’ve also been doing a slow re-read of N. T. Wright’s After You Believe, which isn’t about church life in … Continue reading

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“Now Is the Time”

The New Testament reading from tonight’s Ash Wednesday service: We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.  For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become … Continue reading

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The Road to Lent (Begins Atop a Mountain)

The season of Lent is almost upon us.  The season of fasting in order to prepare for the joy of Easter follows Ash Wednesday, a day where ashes are imposed on a believer’s forehead with the words “Remember that you … Continue reading

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Not Perfect Apart from Us

When it’s time to start talking about “life in the fifth act” with my students, I often use Hebrews 11-12 as my starting point (which is why it’s neat that the passage is the New Testament epistle reading for the … Continue reading

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Strangers and Exiles, Seeking

Today’s daily office reading from Hebrews 11 captures one of my favorite snippets in what is an already-amazing chapter.  After talking about Abel and Noah, Abraham and Sarah, the writer digs in for a bit: These all died in faith, … Continue reading

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