Monthly Archives: October 2011

Pentecost +20

Hypocrite. It’s an ugly word, and for good reason: in the English language, to be a hypocrite is to profess something that you don’t actually believe to be true. To be a hypocrite is to be a liar. In Jesus’ … Continue reading

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Pentecost +19

Back in 1962, the much loved and much maligned theologian Karl Barth made his one trip to America. After giving a talk, a reporter asked Barth what he thought was the most profound of all theological truths. “But instead of … Continue reading

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Pentecost +18

About ten years ago, we began hearing about a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution which would have limited marriage in the U.S. to unions of one man and one woman. In time, President Bush would get a beating … Continue reading

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Pentecost +17

Hello friends. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? Friend. Strangely, it’s been “pointed out that in (the Gospel according to) Matthew, it’s never a good thing to be addressed as “Friend.” Every time someone is called a friend (in Matthew’s Gospel), what … Continue reading

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