LAZARUS SATURDAY

LAZARUS SATURDAY

It is no accident that church tradition celebrates the resurrection of Lazarus on a Saturday (Sabbath), the final day of creation, making it also a foretaste or signpost of re-creation. It is also poetically poignant that Lazarus Saturday falls on the eve of Palm Sunday, the day Jesus set out from Bethany on a donkey to goad the great and final confrontation by which he conquered death by death.

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Spiritual Disciplines: The Backbone of Freedom

Spiritual Disciplines: The Backbone of Freedom

The spiritual disciplines are not magic. They are certainly no guarantee of life unsullied by suffering, error, or outright failure. This I know from experience. Neither are the disciplines a strategy to obtain brownie points from a stern God whose only joy is to suck the life out of everything that is fun to do. I suspect that the spiritual disciplines, in themselves, have little value. But they are, I think, related to Paul’s confidence that, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free” (Gal. 5:1). And though we don’t normally assume a corollary between discipline and freedom, I hope to make the case that the two could hardly be more closely related. And to better understand my meaning, we only have to take this out of the realm of the spiritual and look for a similitude in the physical.

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December 6: The Feast of St. Nicholas

“St. Nicholas clearly saw the link between chronic poverty and (sex)slavery, and acted selflessly to interrupt the devastating consequences of deprivation…”

I WILL VOTE FOR CHANGE

“Certainly, as a Christian, I feel no neccesarry affiliation with any one ideology. A healthy theology of “the fall” assures me that politics is pretty much always going to be a broken response to a broken situation—necessary, but broken…”

“Cleanse The Thoughts…”

“…how difficult it is to settle the soul and free it from obsessive distraction (even of good things) so that it may quietly, and consciously breathe the breath of God that is prayer.”

JESUS, STILL A REFUGEE

How would self-donating love and compassionate hospitality play out against the shoring up borders over which to lob missiles?

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