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Toxic Charity

Notes on: Lupton, Robert D. Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (And How to Reverse It). New York: HarperCollins, 2011. [An installment of the “Read Me” Project] I don’t remember how this book got on the … Continue reading

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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

We did finally talk some about Daniel 9, but mostly our class turned into an occasion for people to confess some of the stresses and concerns of the immediate political season. “We are at an anniversary, you all.” “I wonder … Continue reading

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Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Something like a sermon, on Genesis 9:8-17, the Uniform Series text for Sunday, September 3] Does God learn? That’s a hard question, and maybe a trick question. If God has the characteristics that classical theology has classically ascribed to God … Continue reading

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My Mother’s Yankee Daughter

Here is a story that became a legend in our family: We were driving to church. My brother and I were kids. We were talking about the Civil War. Both of us knew it was fought to end slavery and … Continue reading

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Dead Petunias

It’s that time of year again. It’s been hot. The novelty has worn off. The sense of resolve (“This year it will be different. This year I will be different.”) has worn off, too. There has been a string of … Continue reading

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Fourth Sunday of Easter

[A sermon on Jonah 1, the Uniform Series text for the day.] What is going on in this little story of the prophet Jonah, son of Amittai, the worst prophet in the history of the world? Right? A prophet who … Continue reading

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