A very brief reflection, as my mind is active before bed tonight: When people talk about “historical critical methods” of understanding something like the Bible, they (we) receive an outcry of suspicion: that by suggesting that the understanding of something profound — such as the revelation of God’s love or mercy or Law or truth through scripture or the incarnation of Jesus — is something we experience through our time and culture, we somehow do damage to it, and make it less. That is to say, there are those who believe that if we claim that the teaching changes over time (say, by saying that though previous generations believed the Bible to support slavery as a necessary or even beneficial human institution, we today cannot possibly believe that to be the case), then we’re saying the teaching isn’t true, or isn’t meaningful, or is just “whatever we want it to be.” Continue reading
The topic of gun violence has been on hearts and minds in a more dramatic way since the Newtown Connecticut shootings that claimed the lives of 26 children and the teachers and staff at their school. This joins the sobering and tragic ranks of shooting sprees and mass killings in the United States; Mother Jones (and organization with one particular approach in mind to seeking an end to this violence) has a powerful guide to them here; Slate.com has been keeping a tally of gun deaths since Sandy Hook, trying to give insight into how large the problem is, here. (You might note that Mother Jones, tracking “mass shootings” and “sprees,” sets the minimum number of victims at 4 for their criterion, while Slate’s numbers are registering each shooting death)
Over and over again in the past weeks, I’ve spoken with, seen the blogs of, or “conversed” on Facebook and other media spaces with persons who are trying to make sense of their feelings about these tragedies. While I don’t have a clear answer, I have come to believe that I have some insight into how I frame my own response, and so I’m going to begin some blog posts offering my voice, in the hopes that those who are struggling to find a way to respond might find something in this to help them claim their own voices and ideas. Continue reading
I’m writing while it’s fresh, so this may not be the best-organized of rambles. Also, spoilers spoilers spoilers if you haven’t seen the movie. Feel free to glance under the fold if you have. I’m going to assume you’ve seen the movie. At least once.
It’s been a busy year since my last post here on Rootweaving. Among other things, I started working for a parish full-time, and that has (appropriately) drawn my creative energies largely into the community that I’m serving. So I have to chuckle a bit that several of the things that have given me content to write from again are, just as was my last post in July of 2011, drawn from science fiction. And even, as it so happens, another offering from the Stargate series.
(Edit: This piece was also published on episcopal café, a blog that offers writings on a number of topics related to spirituality. There were some strong opinions offered in the comments; read it here)
I recently (last night!) finished a lengthy project of mine, and finished watching Stargate SG-1 on DVD, putting me several years behind those who followed it on-air. For those who don’t know, the show had a mixture of religious themes, mythology, romance, humor, and the US Air Force going into space by walking through wormholes in the Stargate. But this morning, walking to work (following my own busgate trip), I found myself thinking back over my time watching it, and while I found it a fun romp, I realized that I disagree with (at least) one of the basic assumptions of the show’s fantasy. Continue reading
I’m spending the summer doing some worship leadership and preaching at a parish in Chicago suburbs; here’s the text of the sermon I preached on Trinity Sunday, though I sometimes tend to go off the text pretty far if I feel like something needs more explaining. Continue reading