A Place for All: Thoughts on James 3 and Mark 9

Every single one of us has value as God’s beloved. It does not matter who we are, what we do, what we have, what we don’t do, the good we’ve done, the harm we’ve wrought. God loves and claims us all as beloved. We all have value right now, as we are – broken or whole or somewhere in between. Queer, straight, cis, Trans*, rich, poor, healthy, sick, black, white, brown, red, yellow, educated, uneducated, smart, intellectually impaired, wise, foolish, temporarily able-bodied, disabled, mentally healthy, mentally ill, and all the other unique and wonderful combination of things that make us human. We have a place in the Kingdom. We are called to be Kingdom-builders, all of us – each doing their individual part connected to the whole.

Responding to Suicide with Faith

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Creator, is this: to care for the vulnerable among us in their distress, and to keep oneself apart from the fears of the world. (James 1:27, paraphrased) Suicide is headline news once again. This fact alone increases suicidality and the risk of suicide for many people. How … Read More

Food, Finances, and Foolishness

RCL – Year B – Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost – September 23, 2012 Series 1: Proverbs 31:10-31 Psalm 1 Series 2: Wisdom of Solomon 1:16-2:1, 12-22 or Jeremiah 11:18-20 Psalm 54 James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a Mark 9:30-37 Give me a lamp and call me Diogenes. The lectionary continues to focus on wisdom this week. Unfortunately, the … Read More

In Search of Wisdom

RCL – Year B – Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost – September 16, 2012 Series 1: Proverbs 1:20-33 Psalm 19 or Wisdom 7:26-8:1 Series 2: Isaiah 50:4-9a Psalm 116:1-9 James 3:1-12 Mark 8:27-38 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O God, my rock and my redeemer. Many preachers … Read More