The Four Waiting Rooms of Christmas – Wilderness

This year during Advent the Gospel of Matthew invites us to sit in, what we are calling, The Waiting Rooms…

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The Four Waiting Rooms of Christmas – Apocalypse

  40“Then two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left…41Keep awake therefore, for…

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I See You – A Third Way Through

At Street Psalms, we have a hunch that in many instances, the line between insiders and outsiders (us vs. them) is an invention of our own making.

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Unlikely Hero in a Familiar Parable?

I have loved ones crushed by the powers of the world and thrown out. They’re struggling. Sometimes they are faithful, sometimes not. Me too.

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The Crushing Weight of Purity

No one imagines our young people pure. Least of all, themselves.

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Love God, Love People, Nothing Else Matters

Is that really true? Is this statement about love in two directions all that really matters?

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Un-Beautiful Questions

Traps that snap shut and questions that open wide.

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Builders of Violence

The new comes – a marvel! But as we see the gospel story unfolding, the old will not go quietly.

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The Scandal of Authority

A call girl’s facelift to “authority”.

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The Last and the First

Math in the kingdom of heaven.

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Forgiveness

The master releases the servant.

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Binding and Loosing

In this and similar passages, Jesus doesn’t weigh in on whether he falls in the strict or loose camp. As a rabbi he makes a far more profound move.

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A Change of Heart for Jesus?

A disturbing reply to a desperate woman.

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Theoretical Considerations of Walking on Water

Transformation begins when we do too.

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Lavish For Whom?

The fourteenth chapter of Matthew’s gospel tells of two lavish feasts, back to back.

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Riddles of Grace

“The shortest distance between a human being and the truth is a story.”

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Dazzled

Imagine that it’s 1633 and you are hearing for the first time that the sun does not revolve around the earth.

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Deficiencies

And he told them many things in parables, saying: “Listen! A sower went out to sow…
some seeds fell on the path…
rocky ground… thorns… good soil.
(Matt. 13:1-9)

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My Well-Fitting Yoke

Your fully human self will suit you just fine, Jesus’ story says. Check in the mirror, you’ll see!

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Hospitality Among the Flies

“Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.”

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The Manner of Going

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

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All Flesh Is One

“I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh.”

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Way, Truth, Life

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

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Mercy Gate

“Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep.
(John 10:1-10)

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Creation Through Forgiveness

When we think of creation as an event that happened a long time ago in a garden far, far away, we can easily forget that creation is the ongoing activity of God, here and now, made visible through the resurrection.

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Maundy Thursday

Jesus calls us friend today, knowing we will betray him tomorrow. If there is an order to salvation, this is it.

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Gospel of Rejects

This gospel of rejects is the “way of salvation” hinted from the early pages of Scripture and revealed fully in Jesus. It’s at work in the world and in us. In our busy-ness building, are we paying attention?

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Voice from the Bones

The dead still speak – at least they do in Guatemala.

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Formed Among Thorns

Spiritual purgation cleanses and clarifies the true identity into which we are being called and into which we are formed.

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Lenten Blessings

God’s blessing is the sacrament of the present moment that redeems both past and future.

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You’re Invited to Desire

“May the real I meet the real Thou.”

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The Greatest Loser

The crucified ones of this world are helping us re-narrate the Law and the words of the Prophets to reclaim a Gospel of grace, mercy, and peace in a violent world.

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The Enemy of Perfection

It’s about God wanting us to be fully human, and God knows that our enemies hold the key to our humanity.

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Have You Heard?

Rabbi Jesus, teach us to see through your eyes.

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A Solitary Light

Jesus reminds us that we are salt and light. These are twin gifts of our deepest vocation – to be human.

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Breaking Into Prison

Gospel freedom happens to us while we are still in prison.

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