Monthly Archives: February 2011

Consider the Lilies

Matthew 5.25-34 The best graduation talk I ever heard was based on this text. Graduates are usually told about their “glorious future” where they will do Amazing Things(tm). It is far too common to hear the speaker say “Only You … Continue reading

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Acrostic Agony and the Longing to Learn

Psalm 119.33-40 Acrostics are an exercise of dubious worth Choose your word and write your verse Rhyme is secondary, beauty ignored Observe the poet torturing the word Simple lines best enforce the pattern Timeless words are not expected Imbecilic lines … Continue reading

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Choose Life!

Deuteronomy 30.15-20 The admonition seems oddly redundant “Choose Life” God tells the people, as if we would want to choose death. But if Robinson Jeffers is right the admonition is still needed. “The Sirens” by Robinson Jeffers Perhaps we desire … Continue reading

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One ever Hangs

Wilfred Owen was a poet in World War I who did not live to see the peace. One of his poems has profoundly shaped my understanding of suffering. It is called “At a Calvary near the Ancre.” The Ancre was … Continue reading

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You Are (Salt & Light)

matt 5.13-20 You are the salt of the land, you are the light of the cosmos [yes, both of those are valid translations. ghn is the dry land not the planet; kosmos is the everything, from which we get “cosmos.”] … Continue reading

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