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Imma Let You Finish But: The Problem with Interrupting Mary

A few days ago writer D.L. Mayfield wrote in The Washington Post about the power of Mary's Magnificat -- and the all-too-common silencing of Mary, particularly in white evangelical environments. When it comes to the Magnificat, the song proclaimed by Mary while she was pregnant with Jesus, today's public usages of the passage often end… Continue reading Imma Let You Finish But: The Problem with Interrupting Mary

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mental health & wellness, Scripture, theological

Religious Trauma and the Binding of Isaac

"Deceived, tied up, and held at knife-point -- all by his own father? Because God said so? Talk about traumatic!" an older lady exclaimed. I was sitting in a lectionary Bible study this morning, discussing the story of the binding of Isaac (Genesis 22:1-19) as many lectionary users may have done today. And let's just… Continue reading Religious Trauma and the Binding of Isaac

Scripture, spiritual, theological

Jesus, Tired Out

If you're a lectionary user, you know this morning's gospel lesson (about Jesus and the woman at the well) was a particularly long, rich passage. There's much that could be said about this story as it unfolds -- but my spirit barely made it past the second verse. "Jesus came to a Samaritan city called… Continue reading Jesus, Tired Out

arts & creativity, church, Scripture, spiritual

Door of Hope: A Photo Essay

From last week's lectionary readings: "Therefore, I will now allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her. From there I will give her her vineyards, and make the Valley of Achor* a door of hope. There she shall respond as in the days of her youth, as at the time… Continue reading Door of Hope: A Photo Essay