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  • Coronavirus Bingo

    by Neil Bishop
  • A Lynching that Cuts to the Heart

    by Luke Hansen, SJ
    In early March, before the world changed, I traveled to Alabama with a group of Xavier University students. We were on a “civil rights immersion,” visiting Selma, Birmingham and Montgomery. In Montgomery, the Equal Justice Initiative has built a memorial for the victims of lynching and a legacy museum that tells the story of racial violence, from slavery to mass incarceration. I will never forget one particular image in the museum. It’s a photo from August 1920, 100 years ago, of a group of white men and boys in Shelby County, Texas, standing underneath dangling feet. A 16-year-old boy had been lynched. At least one man and one boy are smiling. It was haunting. And even more haunting: I could see myself in the faces of those white men. I was cut to the heart. I asked myself, “Would I have been standing with them? What am I doing today?”...
  • Easter 3A

    by Bill Loader
    always good insights!
  • Sermon Starters (Easter 3A)(2020)

    by Stan Mast
    I just finished reading another of Kent Haruf’s simple, moving novels set in the high plains of eastern Colorado. In Benediction, the Rev. Lyle has taken a real chance in his sermon on the Sermon on the Mount. He dared to tie Jesus words about forgiving our enemies to the contemporary situation, including terrorism. Half his congregation stomps out in a rage, accusing him of being a traitor and a terrorist himself. After much pain and suffering, he agrees to leave that church and, he decides, the ministry altogether. Two old women try to talk him out of leaving, but he is thoroughly disillusioned. When they say, “People will get over this,” this is his reply. “Probably they will. But I won’t. People don’t want to be disturbed. They want assurance. They don’t come to church on Sunday mornings to think about new ideas or even old important ones. They want to hear what they’ve been told before, with only some small variations on what they’ve been hearing all their lives, and then they want to go home and eat pot roast and say it was a good service and feel satisfied.” His bitter words might be a good way to get your church to think about what they expect from and how they respond to Gospel preaching.
  • Easter 3A (2020)

    by Jerusha Matsen Neal
  • Easter 3A (2020)

    by Megan Pardue
  • Community from a Distance

    by Michael Ruffin
  • The Church Together

    by David Russell

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  • Easter 3A (2017)

    by Doug Bratt
    In her book, Speaking of Sin: the Lost Language of Salvation, Barbara Brown Taylor notes that the words “sin, “ “damnation,” “repentance,” and “salvation” sound as if they come “from an earlier time when human relationship with God was laced with blame and threat.” The words seem to judge us, which is why a lot of Christians don’t say them anymore. We go for grace instead. No confession of sin these days. Preachers like to say that like the waiting father in Luke 15 Jesus died with his arms wide open...
  • What Must We Do?

    by Bob Cornwall
  • Light Shines in the Darkness

    by Evan Garner
    There's a line in the movie Rounders that I seem to come back to over and over. That's the poker movie from the late 1990s that stars Matt Damon and Edward Norton. In the film, in order to forestall the violent beating of his friend, Damon's character vouches for Norton's character, agreeing to accept the gambling debt of the latter as if it were his own. The two men work together, cheating at poker, in order to raise the money. Just when it looks like they are close to having enough, their dishonesty is discovered, and they lose everything. Damon's character must appeal to other friends and acquaintances, seeking a loan to prevent his own violent demise, and one of those would-be lenders begins to lecture Damon on where he went wrong. Damon's reply still bears truth in my own life: "This is the one time I don't need you to tell me how I [screwed] up. I know I [screwed] up. What I need from you is money."
  • Easter 3A (2017)

    by Phil Heinze
  • Podcast on the Narrative Lectionary (Proper 14)(2017)

    with Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester and Kathryn Schifferdecker
  • Easter 3A (2017)

    by D. L. Lowrie
  • When You're Cut to the Heart

    from Ministry Matters
  • Easter 3A (2017)

    by Megan Pardue
  • Easter 3A (2017)

    by Sarah Hinlicky Wilson

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  • Light Your World

    by Ray Osborne
  • Zap!

    by Alex Stevenson
  • Synopsis (Acts 2)

    by John Nelson Darby
  • Easter 4A (2020)

    by Jude Siciliano, OP
    A psychiatrist had been struggling with a very difficult patient. "I’ve done everything I know how to do but you are still the same!" She sobbed and added, "I have failed to get through to you." From that moment, the patient began to show a dramatic improvement. She was moved by the depth of her therapist’s love for her. The shared wounds of the healer and the afflicted person proved therapeutic to both. Healing for the soul can only come from the hand of those who have been wounded. We minster to the sickness of our society, not from a position of superiority, from above, but along side of and with.