Oh little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by
Yet in thy dark streets shineth, the everlasting light
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.
So today is Christmas Day.
A Reflection on James 2:1-17, 2nd Reading in the Revised Common Lectionary for the 16th Sunday after Pentecost, Sept. 9, 2018.
Christians are suffering a crisis of the First Commandment: that’s the one that goes, “You shall have no other gods but me.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was born 112 years ago today on February 4, 1906.
We’ve all asked ourselves, when hearing of some moment of historical courage, “What would I have done?”
The below was written initially as a FB post this morning, but I’m compelled to post it as a blog.
(The below was a Facebook post I wrote this morning before church. It seems to have resonated with enough people that I decided to repost it here as a blog. Peace.)
Both before and after Charlottesville, I’ve been seeing all sorts of calls to respond to palpable hate with love.
The other day, a person whom I do not know commented on a Facebook post I made objecting to Donald Trump’s announcement that “We’re going to start saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again.”
Most recently, it was White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer who claimed that Hitler “didn’t even use chemical weapons…on his own people.”
So, Donald Trump will be inaugurated on Friday as our next president.
Dear followers of OMG,
In the late ’60s and ’70s, my father was a Professor of New Testament in the Religion Department at Concordia College.
“Remembering is a noble and necessary act. The call of memory, the call to memory, reaches us from the very dawn of history. No commandment figures so frequently, so insistently, in the Bible. It is incumbent upon us to remember the good we have received, and the evil we have suffered.” Elie Wiesel, Nobel Lecture, Hope, Despair and Memory
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