Of New Insight

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It seems that the only time I go home to Dothan is for funerals. Several weeks ago I went home for the funeral of a dear friend who died young-ish. It is always remarkable to me the paradox: how things change and how they stay the same. My mother is much older and I notice […] Read more »

Of Ends and Beginnings

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I saw on Facebook just the other day a picture of a man holding a cardboard placard with the words, “Prepare, the beginning is near.” This was obviously a take-off on the classic cartoon of the premillennialist prophet standing on the street corner proclaiming that the end is near. Premillennialism infects modern western Christianity. It […] Read more »

For All the Saints, Possibly

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Last Sunday was the feast of All Saints. It is the day when we name our dead, and celebrate their lives. It is the feast day in the church for which we, All Saints, are named. Our new bishop was also here to confirm and receive people who have reaffirmed their faith, people who have […] Read more »

For Fear that….

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Last Sunday Mary Robert preached a sermon in which she held up for us a central tenet of the gospels… that our fear of the other… our fear of the so-called stranger, is our undoing. Anthropologists speak often of the flight or fight impulse embedded in our DNA; that flight or fight is the impulse […] Read more »

The Politics of Love

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O.K. I’m just done with Donald Trump. It was a lot of good fun when he first appeared as a presidential candidate… you know, like a reality show…. and he was great material for the last several broadcasts of the Daily Show. But now as his campaign seems to be gathering momentum, and we’re hearing […] Read more »