Religion

Prayer for Easter

(Photograph: Weeping Mary by Martin Gommel)1 “Who is it you are looking for?” is a question for me, not just for Mary. Mary looked at Jesus, and saw the gardener. I look at my neighbor, and see a stranger; a stranger, an see an antagonist; an antagonist, and see an enemy. Help me, Lord, to see you, wherever, and whoever, you are. Amen Weeping Mary, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.

Prayer for Holy Saturday

Prayer for Good Friday

(Mosaic: Carrying the Cross of Christ by Gabriel Loire)1 It is a sign that we cannot really understand what it means for God to die, that we remember this day when truth and beauty hung upon a cross and we call it good. What our minds cannot comprehend, our words cannot express. So, we can do nothing but stand in silence before the glory and the horror of the cross.

Thoughts on Maundy Thursday

This day of the church calendar, Maundy Thursday, gets its name from John 13:34, which, in the Latin Vulgate, begins with “mandatum novum” — a new commandment. After washing the feet of the disciples earlier in chapter 13, Jesus told them, I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

Prayer for Palm Sunday

Holy God, Examine my thoughts on this Palm Sunday. Does my Jesus… Want the very same things I want? Love only the same people I love? Hate all of the same people I hate? Have an agenda that fits too easily into my own agenda? Never say anything that makes me uncomfortable? If so, then what is the object of my worship? Is it a god of my own creation,

The Betrayer

The Lamb of God

(Painting: Lamb by Francisco Zurbarán)1 The sounds of Passover fill the streets with desperate bleating as all the animals must be dragged to play their sacrificial roles. All, that is, save one who goes quietly with determination, strength, and purpose. Lamb of God have mercy on me. Amen Zurbarán, Francisco, 1598-1664. Lamb, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=47446 [retrieved March 27, 2017].

Who Is My God?

Usury in Oklahoma

Yesterday, the House of Representatives of the State of Oklahoma passed HB 1913, a bill giving lenders the ability to charge an Annual Percentage Rate of 205.92% on a $1,500 loan.1 This bill is inconsistent with historical Christian values and should be opposed by conservatives and progressives alike. The practice of taking interest on loans is expressly forbidden in several passages of Scripture: Exodus 22:25-27 Leviticus 25:35-38 Deuteronomy 23:19-20; 24:6 Psalm 15:5 Ezekiel 18:7-8; 22:12 Nehemiah 5:6-132 Before 1500, every Christian writer who discussed the practice expressly condemned the practice of charging interest.

Brueggemann on the Crisis in the Church