Archive for June, 2010

II Kings 2:1-2, 6-14; Galatians 5:13-25; Luke 9:51-62

June 28, 2010

The lectionary gave us rich fare this morning with those readings on discipleship, and I want to approach that topic by first sharing some information with you. Recently I heard that people at work change their computer screen, on average, thirty-seven times an hour – say, every two minutes. Why? They can’t bear missing out if something interesting is going on. The fear of being left out acts like a goad, prodding their attention this way and that. The neurologist who presented this information sounded quite complacent about it, stating that this constant shift of attention actually changes the structure of our brains. That, he pointed out, is how evolution works. No doubt. But what kind of life are we being adapted to? (more…)

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Luke 7:36 – 8:3

June 14, 2010

I Kings 21:1-10, 15-21a, Galatians 2:15-21, Luke 7:36-8:3

Some of you may have read Anthony Bloom. He is a Metropolitan – which I take to be like a Cardinal – in the Russian Orthodox Church. He died seven years ago at the age of 89. People of all denominations still revere him for the profound simplicity and power of his writings on prayer. If you have not read his books I recommend a slim volume called Beginning to Pray. It could change your life. It did mine. I am telling you all this to put the following vignette in context. (more…)