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Salt and Light and Riddles

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do…

Theology of play

A Theology of Play and the Persecuted

Blessed are you when they reproach you and do all evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because your reward is great in heaven: for they did the same thing to the prophets before you. -Matthew 5:11-12 A year or so ago, I started to go through the Sermon on the Mount…

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The Blessed Persecuted

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Jesus started out his inaugural sermon in Matthew’s retelling with a promise that those we know as poor are the ones who possess the kingdom of heaven. The crowd immediately knew that this was a different type of teacher…

The Blessed Peacemakers

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God. What could possibly be more ridiculous than being a person of peace? Could you imagine how chaotic the world would be if more people devoted themselves to reconciliation, forgiveness, mercy, and wholeness? How long do you think it would take for evil to…

Refreshing Mercy

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.  There is no single response more confounding to the rational mind as this way of life Jesus describes in the fifth beattitude. There is also nothing quite so refreshing as the action of mercy. It comes as no surprise then, that mercy is so rarely experienced. …

The Insatiability of Hope

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. Today a mother and father wept as they buried their son in Ferguson, Missouri. The story has flooded us for the past two weeks. Two friends were walking down the road. They were instructed to take to the sidewalk. There was…

Blessed are the meek?

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.  I spent this morning on the phone with my internet provider, haggling over a misunderstood bill that had resulted in the temporary death of connectivity in our house. In a word, I would say I was frustrated. In more than one word, I would describe…