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...
Waiting for power -- unseen, intangible divine power. Did they really need to do that -- and do we?
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.
The philosopher Hannah Arendt represents the thinking of many people when she claims that "hyprocrisy is the vice of vices" and that hypocrites are "rotten to the core."