Monthly Archives: May 2014

Ancient Wisdom: June 1, 2014 (Year A)

Read:  Acts 1:6-14 Meditation:  “Ready for Whatever” The question of the disciples was exactly what we’d expect them to ask.  Their Jewish understanding of the Messiah as one who would restore the Davidic Kingdom had revived in them following Jesus’ … Continue reading

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In-Sight: An Amazing Conversation–If Only

Dualistic thinking has all but stopped the conversation between scientists and theologians.  Until we are willing to see the facts of science as the actions of God and the revelation of God as an affirmation of the created order,, we … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei: Faith and the Search for God

Faith is a “light” to illuminate our path toward God in the same way that a flashlight is a means to show the way home. This is probably why the imagery of light and illumination can be found in all … Continue reading

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Ancient Wisdom: May 25, 2014 (Year A)

Read:  Acts 17:22-31 Meditation: A Manual for Our Witness” The account of Paul’s visit to Athens provides an outline for the way we should engage non-Christian people, no matter where they are. First, Paul took the time to get to … Continue reading

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In-Sight: Compromise

We have been hearing a lot recently about the “danger of compromise.”  The problem with such a blanket indictment is that it ignores the fact that much good has come from compromise. We would not have the Bible, the Creeds, … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei: The Dialogue Between Faith & Reason

We continue our exploration of the nature of the truth which informs and forms our faith.  We have noted that it is truth rooted in love, and mediated through the senses.  Today, we understand it to be truth that is … Continue reading

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Ancient Wisdom: May 18, 2014 (Year A)

Read:  Acts 7:55-60 Meditation: “Covering Our Ears” Stephen was stoned because the angry crowd covered their ears (v 57).  It was all over after that.  It still is. When we stop listening, we stop relating.  When we stop listening, we … Continue reading

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In-Sight: Wesleyan Contributions

Many of you who follow the Oboedire blog are Christians in the Wesleyan tradition.  As you already know, this tradition is a convergence of the Anglican, Roman, Orthodox traditions, summarized in the word “holiness.” From time to time, I want … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei: Faith as Hearing and Sight

Faith is not immaterial.  It is mediated through the senses–particularly hearing  and sight.  The ultimate object of this is the Incarnation.  We have “seen and heard” the Word made flesh. The original disciples did this through actually walking and talking … Continue reading

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Ancient Wisdom: May 11, 2014 (Year A)

Read:  Acts 2:42-47 Meditation:  “Off To A Good Start” On the basis of repentance and baptism, the first Christians set about establishing the foundation for their life together.  Over time, they added other features.  But we are fortunate to see … Continue reading

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And Your Daughters: Transforming Worship

Ruth Haley Barton recently included the following remarks about transforming worship in a larger piece she wrote about life together…. “Transforming worship is highly participatory. We embrace a liturgical style that is not focused on the up-front presence and performance … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei: Knowledge of Truth and Love

Pope Francis turns to the heart of faith–the “truth” that emerges from the Lover-beloved relationship.  We have faith ultimately because God is Love…and because God loves.  And we have been given…and accepted…that love. We believe because we are loved, and … Continue reading

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Ancient Wisdom: May 4, 2014 (Year A)

Read: Acts 2:14, 36-41 Meditation:  “Where It Begins” There may have been a million people in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost.  As the story reveals (2:7-11), people from all over the world were there.  And when Peter finished his … Continue reading

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