Living as Exiles

Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7, 11; Philippians 3:17-4:1 A number of years ago I came across the results of a nationwide poll in which people were asked to define themselves in a single word. What would you answer? Not even one sentence but using just one word, who are you? Of the more than eleven-hundred people who participated in the...

Advent: The Joyful Justice of God (Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Luke 1:46-55)

The real truth about life and history is not found in the forces of oppression or in the dynamics of bloody revolution; the final truth cannot be seen in the practice of inequality or the presence of poverty. The real truth, as depicted in this Christmas sermon, is in the future that Mary saw and that Jesus lived. And when we open our eyes to see it and move our limbs to live it, we, too, like Mary, will sing for joy.

Loving the Church in Truth

Sometimes I hear the oddest things when I listen to people talk about their love for the church. It is not that these people are insincere or dishonest. Yet at times their statements suggest a serious lack of u...