Take Aways from the 2019 RMS Theological Conference

In ways too numerous to count it felt like this theological conference was part of a conversation that many of my peers and theological siblings have been unable or unwilling to hold over the past couple years. For me this conference was the next step in those unfinished conversations and a healing balm. It allowed me to lament (which for me is always in the first few steps of any substantive change) where we have failed (and continue to fail) because the existence of these conversations shows what is possible when we recognize the Spirit of Christ in our midst, in one another, in all.

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The Gospel According to Aretha and a Playlist for Pentecost 16C

…these same grumbling pharisees were the audience for the parable of the unrighteous manager who acts with wisdom. Here Jesus essentially challenges the elites of his day to utilize the unjust system in which they willingly participate to bring about justice for their siblings in need. In this context consider the wisdom of Aretha Franklin: “You better think, Think about what you’re trying to do to me. Yeah, think, Let your mind go, let yourself be free…” And it seems that in this weeks lesson this same grumbling audience is standing ‘round Jesus, and they’re just not getting it. So Jesus, with a story that typifies tough love or what Bonhoeffer called “costly grace”, brings this parable of Lazarus the Beggar…

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I Will Remember This Alleluia

Tangled Blue with A.J. Houseman and Elizabeth Peter

I Will Remember This Alleluia

…I sent a quick email to new friends A.J. Houseman and Elizabeth Peters and 15 hours later I was setting up microphones to record this new tune with A.J. Elizabeth, and Aimee in our seminary apartment. We debuted this tune last night at chapel. It’s based mostly off of Psalm 2, 2 Peter 1:16-21, and Matthew 17:1-9… I hope this listening is a blessing to you as the little community that formed around this creation was a blessing to me… Alleluia!

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