Afterlife II: A Resurrection Rant

At my church's Wednesday bible study this morning, our text was Acts 24, the eerily parallel account of Paul's trial before the Roman governor and high priest. He's on trial, it seems, for his insistence on the resurrection. And not just the resurrection of Jesus, which he proclaims, but about a Way of living a … Continue reading Afterlife II: A Resurrection Rant

God and No Mortal: A Sermon on Hosea

We are in the book of God’s prophet Hosea this week, about a hundred years after Elijah’s story from last week. Hosea lives in the northern Kingdom of Israel, likely the distant descendant of those who revolted against King Rehoboam in our scripture from two weeks ago. And from that moment when Jeroboam built the … Continue reading God and No Mortal: A Sermon on Hosea

Afterlife (An Attempt at Embodied Theology)

What happens to us after we die? If someone had asked me that 4 months ago, I would've given vague but scriptural answers along the lines of the heavenly visions in Revelation, and John chapter 14. We go to the place prepared for us, a place separate from earth (though not entirely) which will one … Continue reading Afterlife (An Attempt at Embodied Theology)

Communing with my Saint

The blackbirds beckoned me toward the woods, reminding me of the autumns we spent under their myriad voices, flocked together to signal the change of season. I was going anyway, with the confluence of All Saints' Day and Deer Opener, my first as an actual widow, rather than the jokingly named Hunting Widow. But the … Continue reading Communing with my Saint

No Redemption Worth the Price

In the four months since Marrett's death, there have been a few moments of what Jaamil Kosoko calls "post-traumatic enlightenment".  The things that Marrett taught me have coalesced in important ways that are giving new shape to the way I carry him with me moving forward. My understanding of the afterlife is undergoing a complete … Continue reading No Redemption Worth the Price

Entreat Them Not To Leave You: A Sermon on Ruth 1

The most misused wedding text in the bible is 1 Corinthians 13, but Ruth’s speech to Naomi from this morning’s reading has to be a close second. Perhaps you know the song based on this speech, Entreat Me Not To Leave You, which has been sung at many weddings. Now, don’t get me wrong, these … Continue reading Entreat Them Not To Leave You: A Sermon on Ruth 1

Five

Today it would have been five. It should have been five. This year, more than any of the other four, we worked our marriage hard. Because we'd been under so much stress with my work and his career change, with family situations, and with a recurrent conflict between us, we started a marriage enrichment book … Continue reading Five