Category Archives: Capitalism

  1. Opening the scriptures (Luke 24.13-35) [sermon 4-23-2017]

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    April 22, 2017 by jmar198013

    Jesus still journeys with his church, just as he did those two disciples on the way from Jerusalem to Emmaus. And every time we take and bless and break and share the bread that is his body and the wine that is his blood, the crucified and resurrected Jesus is our host. He is made known to us. We can join with the disciples who first proclaimed: The Lord has risen indeed! And we can know that because he has been raised from the dead, so will we.

  2. Setting the Sabbath free (Luke 6.1-16) [Sermon 1-29-2017]

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    January 27, 2017 by jmar198013

    The Sabbath was meant for the release, rest, and healing of those who had been slaves. But what happens when a law that was meant to give comfort to former slaves morphs into another form of bondage? How can it be a day of rest and release if you’re so worried about doing it wrong, you can’t really celebrate it? Those Pharisees would have people become slaves to the Sabbath. Jesus came to set people free. And he came to set the Sabbath free. So it could serve humanity, the way God meant it to.

  3. The rich young man and us: thoughts on Mark 10.17-31

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    February 19, 2014 by jmar198013

    Many interpreters suggest that Jesus’ word to the rich man in Mark 10.17ff to sell all he has and give it to the poor was meant only for that man, because he had a “heart issue” with materialism. What if the problem is not materialism, but our preference for the freedom money can buy in contrast with what Jesus promises when we leave everything behind for him: a new family, houses, and farms–but with persecutions?

  4. Reflections on peacemaking: Reading Matt. 5.9 and James 3.18 with Stanley Hauerwas and Mr. Rogers

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    May 13, 2013 by jmar198013

    Peacemaking is a matter of our participation in the life of the risen Christ, who is our peace. We are not pursuing a Christian merit badge in “peacemaking.” Rather, it is a determined living with Christ in the presence of the world that makes time and space for God’s Spirit to transform us into peacemakers. The practices of peacemaking create time and space for God to transform conflict into friendship, to mend what has been torn. Practicing peace creates holy ground.

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