Can we pray the way Bartimaeus prays? People try to hush him up because by addressing Jesus as “Son of David” he is making a politically dangerous claim that Jesus is the rightful king. Could our prayers ever be heard as a threat to unjust powers that be? Bartimaeus won’t give up or go away quietly, but repeats his call for help more loudly. Do we ask so boldly? And are our prayers an honest answer to Jesus’ question, “What do you want me to do for you?”
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Today’s gospel starts with disciples obsessing over who will be closest to Jesus, leading to Jesus teaching his followers about God’s take on importance and power. Here Jesus makes it explicit that the reversal of values in God’s community is a direct challenge to the values of the dominant culture, where wielding power over others is what makes you great. When we pray “your kingdom come” we are praying for an end to tyranny and oppression. We pray this gathered around the cross, a sign of great shame transformed to be the sign of great honor and service.
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DD in search of Paul: Didyma and Aphrodisia. Studied Philemon in the ruins of a temple of Apollo. (No news from the Oracle.) ... See MoreSee Less
DD in search of Paul: a travel day back to Turkey; a silk carpet weaving demonstration; Ephesus. The Empire was vast! ... See MoreSee Less
The ruins are amazingly beautiful
D.D. In Search of Paul: a day in Athens visiting the Acropolis. The next day was on to Corinth where we studied Corinthians. (Makes sense, doesn't it?) ... See MoreSee Less
Deaconess Deborah In Search of Paul Pilgrimage days 4 and 5: we visited an icon workshop and toured the Varlaam Monastary in Meteora. We worshipped together and had a great evening discussion about Galatians. After a long drive to Delphi, we toured the ancient ruins and museum. A great dinner and discussion of Philippians rounded out our day. ... See MoreSee Less
The rich man who comes to ask Jesus what he should do to inherit eternal life is a good man, sincere in his asking. Mark’s gospel is alone in saying that Jesus looked on him and loved him. Out of love, not as judgment, Jesus offers him an open door to life: sell all you own and give it to the poor. Our culture bombards us with the message that we will find life by consuming. Our assemblies counter this message with the invitation to find life by divesting for the sake of the other.
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Thank you Trinity. 🙏🏻
Is this Historic Trinity in Detroit?
D.D. In Search of Paul Day 3: left Kabala and travelled to Thessaloniki. Then on to Vergina where the Tomb of Phillip the 2nd (Father of Alexander the Great) was buried. An amazing museum built around the archeological dig! ... See MoreSee Less
D.D. In Search of Paul Day 2: we crossed the border to Greece and travelled to the ruins of Philippi and saw the river where Paul baptized Lydia. (But there was no purple cloth for sale!) ... See MoreSee Less
Hi there! This is Deaconess Deborah sharing some pictures from Istanbul (which has no connection with St. Paul...).
We visited the Hagia Irene (where the Nicene Creed was hashed out) and the Hagia Sophia which has been turned back into a mosque. The beautiful tile floor has been covered with carpet. Images have been covered up by white cloth. The seraphs in the dome are still visible, but who knows for how long? ... See MoreSee Less
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