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Lady Wisdom: Identity in a Time of Crisis

What Proverbs and Lady Wisdom herself want so desperately for us is for ours to be a life so well lived, so thoroughly considered, so intentionally faithful, that no matter what the circumstances around us, we can hold tight to God’s ultimate promise, God’s ultimate claim on our lives.

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The Syrophoenician Woman: We Need Outsiders

It is my hope and prayer that we will pay close enough attention to find our own teachers, teachers who show us how our faith needs to grow, teachers who will remind us that the love of God never has been and never will be a zero-sum game. It is my hope and my prayer that, like Jesus, we will grow in wisdom as we grow in years. So, may we ourselves be open to any possibility, even when it comes from unlikely people or unlikely places, to see the reach of God spread wider than ever before. And may we, like Jesus, be guided by the unnamed Syrophoenician woman, who insists even still today, to all who need to hear it: God’s love? It is enormous. There is more than enough room for us all.

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Welcoming the Implanted Word

James calls its readers to act consciously and ethically. To physically live out the Gospel day by day. Yet, James warns that far too often we are quick to listen to the Word in worship and slow to act.We worship, we pray, we study, we preach, we do sacraments, we hear the implanted Word. Can we respond as “doers of the word” to God’s divine initiative of the implanted word in our lives? No doubt, hearing comes first. It requires the discipline of studying, hearing the word of God, and knowing how to live out our faith, but also the discipline of acting after we hear.

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A Wandering People, A Wandering God

We are a people, just like our ancestors, wandering. God is a God that does not stay behind, but abides within, wandering with us wherever we may go.

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The body of Christ to the Church of Jesus Christ living in the world today must not be a mystery. The body of Christ—the Church of Jesus Christ—must be very clearly experienced, where the very present reality and the longed-for future meet. It’s that point of tangency that vulnerable people from all walks of life should find in the church that should exist to put salve on the wounds of the brokenhearted and combat the oppression and injustices that people all around our City and, in fact, the world experience every single day. The Church of Jesus Christ—including you and I—must be living testimony to the world made flesh, dwelt among us. The body of Christ in the world today must live at that point of tangency where world’s most pressing needs and Christ’s transcendent truth for all people resides.

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