Sunday, May 31, 2009

Poetry of the Sacred

Trinity Series, Part 1
As we consider the words we use to name and describe the triune God, we touch a place of artistry and beauty, the wellspring of the poetry of the sacred. When we go beyond the rigid dogmatism of "trinitarian formulae" we enter the rich territory of the expression of our experience of the Sacred from the depth of our hearts.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

In the Power of the Spirit: the Prophet

Christ Series, Part 5
The prophets of the Hebrew tradition left a rich legacy of vision and truth about God's purpose of peace and justice. In Jesus' time, that prophetic voice had fallen silent, but in Jesus, people recognized that voice speaking again. However, Jesus' prophetic voice had an immediacy, authority, depth of insight, and courage that not like anything they had heard before. He truly spoke in the power of the Spirit, and then declared that that very Spirit is poured out on all of us.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

New Covenant: the Priest

Christ Series, Part 4
Jesus is portrayed a the High Priest in his role as mediator between God and humanity, but this image is transformed in many ways. The blood of this covenant is his own blood, his life released and shared with all. It is a final sacrifice, once for all time, the end of sacrificial atonement. And its purpose changes from purification to compassion. Not just a new covenant, but an entirely new kind of covenant.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Wisdom of God: the Sage

Christ Series, Part 3
Jesus was not primarily talking to wicked people, trying to pursuade them to be good; he was talking to good people who were living like fools, trying to pursuade them to open their hearts to sacred wisdom. It is an alternative wisdom that stands in ironic tension with conventional wisdom, both deeply rooted in the Hebrew tradition, and profoundly relevant for today.