We gather this Sunday November 18th, 2018 at 10:30 am – Rev. Doug Norris leading.
A set of reflections by, Kristin, Karen, and Doug, on the practice of greeting one another with a blessing of peace. The audio recordings are here in sequence, and printed text to follow .
‘Peace be With You. (And Also With You) Doug Norris
From back almost before we can even keep track, when Christians gathered, in homes, and halls and then in the first churches, there was a clarity about one piece of business. These groups were a living witness to the prospect of reconciliation. read more…
Kristin Philipson – November 11, 2018
Doug Norris – October 28, 2018
First let me take a moment to rattle on a bit about the socio-political situation of the Jesus movement in relation to Late Second Temple Judaism – because I know you all woke up this morning wondering about this… You’ve been thinking, how did he reconcile universal and unconditional love to the stringent demands of a priestly vocation? Right? So a minute or two on that. Then I need your opinion on something personal.
Jesus lived in a religious culture of flawlessness, and he rejected it. Even though later on the Church tried to turn him into the flawless one, the sinless one, the perfect one, he understood that his place was among the grimy ones, the broken ones, the impure ones, the wounded ones. That’s the character of what’s going on in the story from the gospel this morning. They push the blind man to the side because he is an embarrassment, and he says, actually, he’s the one I’m here for, bring him here… read more…
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