Second Sunday in Lent-John 3:1-17-March 16, 2014

More than a few of us may get a little uncomfortable with the phrase “born again.” It’s much like the term “evangelical,” which means “gospel-bearing.” Unfortunately, these phrases have been co-opted to represent a certain kind of believer. In culture and media, it now stands for a right-wing fundamentalist.  This simplistic belief in the Bible … Continue reading Second Sunday in Lent-John 3:1-17-March 16, 2014

First Sunday in Lent-Matthew 4:1-11-March 9, 2014

In all the glitz and glamour of the Oscars, last week, one small movie made by a pair of Canadian filmmakers took home a golden statue.  Between, the Matthew McCaughaneys and the Jennifer Lawrence’s, it was easily overlooked. Who pays much attention to the award for Best Documentary short, especially when it’s about a little … Continue reading First Sunday in Lent-Matthew 4:1-11-March 9, 2014

Matthew 5:21-37—6th Sunday after Epiphany February 16, 2014

At Northwestern University, a class called Marriage 101 has students lining up at the door. It is not the traditional marriage prep course – or very similar to the ones universities used to offer decades ago in a much different time - and it’s not particularly lovey-dovey. University students are presented with a pragmatic view of … Continue reading Matthew 5:21-37—6th Sunday after Epiphany February 16, 2014

Matthew 5:13-20—Fifth Sunday after Epiphany—February 9, 2014

Someone told me this week about a study that explored how the tastes buds of Canadians and Americans differed, and how health experts were taking that into consideration when they explored food labels and other regulations. Americans, apparently, love their sugar. But for Canadians, we can’t get enough salt. Certainly, salt is as central to … Continue reading Matthew 5:13-20—Fifth Sunday after Epiphany—February 9, 2014