Aug 28 2014

Begin Again: On Not Minding One’s Business

Europe first learned how to agree to disagree.

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Aug 28 2014

The Heart Of The Matter: Why A "Justice Of The Peace" Wedding Is More Sacred Than A "Spiritual" One

While in a pre-marital counseling session earlier this week, I came to what I thought to be an interesting realization.Incidentally, it was also one of those rare times when I “talked to think” rather than “think to talk” . . . in this case, I was yamm…

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Aug 27 2014

Kairos CoMotion Lectionary Dialogue: Exodus 3:1-15

Year A – Pentecost +12 or Community Practice 12
August 31, 2014
Moses was good at noticing what was going on around him. He saw abuse and tried to put an end to it (he just chose the wrong vehicle—vigilantism won’t do what community reorganizing can do). He saw a bush.
If we connect the bush with Pentecost through flames of fire that did not consume those evidencing them, we can ask about the going into the streets to speak different languages, engage different experiences. The same is going on here with Moses being pushed out of his locked expectation about his own call and gift. A wonder is to be told. (In fact a wonder is still expected to be told by you and me and all of us together.)
Things are always more complicated than they seem. Does Moses’ response of “Here I am” trigger YHWH’s playful name of presence?
One of the more creative lookings at this passage is by Rabbis Arthur Ocean Waskow and Phyllis Ocean Berman. May it free you to look again. When Moses Burned Inside the Burning Bush
It is always good to listen in to poets talking about their choices. Here is what Everett Fox has to say about his translation of verse 14 in The Five Books of Moses 
God said to Moshe:
EHYEH ASHER EHYEH/I will be-there howsoever I will be-there.
And he said: Thus shall you say to the Children of Israel:
EHYEH/I-WILL-BE-THERE sends me to you. 

“God’s answer is one of the most enigmatic and widely debated statements in the Hebrew Bible…. What does ehyeh asher ehyeh mean? One’s suspicions are aroused from the outset, for the answer is alliterative and hence already not easy to pin down; the poetics of the phrase indicate both importance and vagueness or mystery. There is some scholarly consensus that the name may mean “He who causes (things) to be” or perhaps “He who is.” Buber and Rosenzweig, taking entirely different tack (of which one occasionally finds echoes in the scholarly literature), interpret the verb hayoh as signifying presence, “being-there,” and hence see God’s words as a real answer to the Israelites’ imagined question—an assurance of his presence. The B-R interpretation has been retained here, out of a desire to follow them on at least this significant point of theology, and out of my feeling that it also fits the smaller context. For of the several times that Moshe tries to wriggle out of his mission, God answers him all but once with the same verb, in the same meaning: “I will be-there with you” (note the parallel between Moshe and the people again).

As you proceed to wrestle with the scriptures, don’t forget to look at things in the small picture of your experience and that of your Neighb*r as well as some imagined big picture of G*D and eternity.

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Aug 27 2014

Kairos CoMotion Lectionary Dialogue: Matthew 16:21-28

Year A – Pentecost +12 or Community Practice 12
August 31, 2014

Remember to check out what went on before this text. That was the stimulus for this text and what is going on from there.
“God forbid it, Lord!” is one of those interesting lines for what it says and doesn’t say about the nature of G*D. It is as if Jesus got close enough to the disciples on a stormy sea and they were to exclaim, “Jesus Christ! Don’t scare us like that.” (If you remember, Jesus went on to say, “OK. I’ll scare you differently next time.”)
Well, here is a next time. Peter was scared enough, frightened enough, fearful enough, anxious enough, protective enough to want to hold Jesus close and rock him forever and ever (and, of course, be rocked by Jesus). [Note: there was no preconceived intention to play on the Peter/Rock connection, it was simply noticed as it came around.]
At the first scare Peter was invited on to the water, here Peter is dismissed. Make of it what you will.
This denial passage is not all it has been cracked up to be. It is not a penitential directive to get us to be reduced, but a reminder that our negative fear and our positive protectiveness, both, can keep us from paying attention to our work. A clearer way to say it would be, “Don’t deny the world your gift. Put everything else down and follow where it leads.”
I expect this jotting has taken at least one too many leaps. It would be appropriate to hope for better on the next posting.

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Aug 27 2014

Being the Way I was Made: The 4th (not quite Annual) Fantasy Football Draft Running Blog

It’s fantasy football time again, and it’s time for my not-quite-annual-and-probably-not-that-many-people-read Fantasy Football Running Blog. I’ve been a long time member of the Central States Football Association (CSFA) or as I like to call it the Random Friends of Keith … Continue reading

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Aug 27 2014

Thoughts of a Naked Alien: Wherein The Naked Alien Exposes Himself!

Christian Poets and Writers interviewed me about my writing as The Naked Alien, and as Tiwago (TImothy WAyne GOod). I was both surprised and honored to have been asked! My head is swelling a little…Let me know what you think, please. Maybe, I’ll…

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