Finding a New Way Home

Yesterday, whether you know it or not, we celebrated the Epiphany, commemorating (at least in western tradition) the visit of the Magi and Jesus being revealed to the Gentiles. Actually, today (January 6th) is the Epiphany, but it’s hard enough to get people into church on a Sunday that isn’t Easter or Christmas, so most […]

Extra Virgin?

Since it’s Christmas Advent, I’ve read and heard quite a few allusions to the virgin birth lately. Most use Mary and the fact that she got pregnant before marriage as a metaphor for the plight of people on the margins of society and talk about what a stand-up guy Joseph was to show how we should […]

The Rich Young Man

A certain ruler asked Jesus, “Good Teacher, what must I do to obtain eternal life?” Jesus replied, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except the one God. You know the commandments: Don’t commit adultery. Don’t murder. Don’t steal. Don’t give false testimony. Honor your father and mother.” Then the ruler said, “I’ve kept all of these things […]

Did it Really Happen That Way?

As this season of Advent began, I had all intentions of doing several posts about it. Events, however, didn’t allow for that because I try to write about things while they’re current and the events in  Newtown were something that couldn’t be ignored. But, while there are things I still want to address on that subject, today I’m […]

The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same

In his book, Jesus Against Christianity: Reclaiming the Missing Jesus,  Jack Nelson- Palmeyer says “Foreign leaders often played priestly factions against each other, recruited cooperative priests and placed them in positions of power. Far removed from the shifting fortunes of the powerful stood the vast majority of common people who were marginalized, and exploited by systems in […]