Jul 29 2014

Begin Again: Non-Meditation – Prayerful Tuesday

In the last couple of weeks I have been reading a book by Jay Michaelson, Everything is God, The Radical Path of Nondual Judaism[1], who described a prayer practice I have been using for many years but didn’t know it was a prayer practice, Non-Distracted, Non-Meditation.  This prayer practice, as Michaelson describes it, has no…

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Jul 29 2014

Thoughts of a Naked Alien: World Championship Wrestling.

 The frequently fearful man,wrestled with God all night;thereby becoming a nation. ~ Tiwago (from Genesis 32:22-31)http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/pages/The-Naked-Alien/352389110349?ref=ts

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Jul 29 2014

The Heart Of The Matter: Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Benefits To Reading The Bible As Library, Not As Book

As one of my friends reminded me, I preached a lot last week.Three times on one Sunday, followed by four night-time sermons at the Pleasant Grove Camp Meeting, followed by three times again the next Sunday.  That is actually more times than anyone…

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Jul 29 2014

David F. Watson: Frederick Schmidt Critiques Marcus Borg

Marcus Borg has made inroads into popular mainline Protestantism in a way that few other writers have in recent decades. I remember when Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time came out. I was fascinated by this book. It was actually an important book in my spiritual development, not because of the conclusions that Borg draws, but because…

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Jul 28 2014

bethquick.com: Lectionary Notes for Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, Year A (Proper 13, Ordinary 18)

Readings for 8th Sunday after Pentecost, 8/3/14:Genesis 32:22-31, Psalm 17:1-7, 15, Romans 9:1-5, Matthew 14:13-21Genesis 32:22-31:This is just a fantastic passage. We all wrestle with God, but there are lots of ways to go about it. Jacob’s approach is…

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Jul 28 2014

Kairos CoMotion Lectionary Dialogue: Matthew 14:13-21

Year A – Pentecost +7 or Community Practice 7
July 27, 2014
One unrealistic expectation of a lectionary is that folks will know what comes before and after a particular passage. Having only a slice of the larger story leads us into a literalistic approach to the words selected. A pericope comes with an implied moral.
As we hear the transition words that begin this segment,“On hearing this. . . .”, we need to remember what has just gone on: Baptizer John has just been beheaded.
In the concluding action we can hear a reprise of Jesus in the wilderness after his baptism. With no bread around he was tempted to turn stones into bread and did his Jesus judo by saying we don’t live by bread alone and that he had “bread” unknown to others. Now, with “nothing” to eat for 5,013 men (no “women and children first” here) the disciples respond “we have but enough for ourselves”. 
It is not until we get down to not having enough for ourselves that we begin to trust an alternative reality. The Disciples hadn’t hit bottom yet, they were just on the fringes of wilderness, not immersed in it.
Can you hear Jesus saying a different blessing than the expected one, “The Body of John has been broken for us, let us break into a fast in remembrance of him.” And the five loaves and two fish were taken to all. And the people, one by one, remembered they had sustenance previously unknown. [Note: this does not speak to those amazing details of multiplication or eating or left-overs, only to a blessing beyond standard blessings that reframes where we are, who we are, and what might yet be possible.]
From here we can go on to a dry place with water all around and an invitation to “Courage” and a bidding to “Come”.

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