Monthly Archives: July 2006

“Beyond Zebra” – sermon notes for Proper 12

Scarcity means an insufficient supply, and we believe in the truth of scarcity. We accept funding shortages that drive the teacher shortage in our urban schools, the reduction of services for the disabled, and the disregard for crumbling infrastructure of … Continue reading

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not guilty… beyond vengeance

Everybody knows that somebody should be held responsible when five innocent children are drowned in the tub. An eye for an eye demands the sacrifice of alot of lives. And though we begrudgingly accept that people with financial means can … Continue reading

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Time to pick up the toys…

Taken aback by Condolezza Rice’s discounting of a possible ceasefire in the Israeli-Hezbollah struggle, I was impressed to read this morning that she had put herself on the ground in Beirut. Perhaps her dismissal signaled a respect for the gravity … Continue reading

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In the dark and not…

We worshipped today without benefit of AmerenUE. No electric meant no coffee, no microphone, and no pipe organ. Still we enjoyed the shadows of the stained glass windows as we shared familiar tunes led by piano, guitar, violin and bassoon. … Continue reading

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It takes a village…

It’s late now and my family is winding down… Winnie still chattering at her dad. Tonight was the Bandaid for Darfur Concert, a benefit concert organized by my 14 year old daughter with the INCREDIBLE support of musical friends. The … Continue reading

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The Morning After

After a summer stormed rumbled through St. Louis last night we were left without power. Us and about 500,000 of our closest friends. Having spent the better part of the storm in our candlelit basement (nasty even in the flickering … Continue reading

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25,000 Americans

25,000 Americans, less 250 evacuees, are still stranded in Lebanon and waiting by the phone for the American Embassy to call. Actually only a few thousand of the 25,000 have actually asked to leave. As a St. Louisan I’ve been … Continue reading

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prayers for Proper 11

Invocation Weary God you who crept into human skin skin that was tired and weak skin that needed Sabbath rest skin that felt harried and pained… Weary God be gentle with us as we gather in our neediness. Call to … Continue reading

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last game of the season

My daughter’s athletic interest is an anomaly. She hails from a long and not so distinguished line of klutzes from both genetic donors. An aberration perhaps, but she has some genuine (if undeveloped) talent and sincere interest. She actually enjoys … Continue reading

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peace beyond passivity

As a western liberal not acquainted with war I’ve always been persuaded by Ghandi’s legendary logic, “‘an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth’ leaves the whole world blind and toothless.” Believing Ghandi from the relative comfort of … Continue reading

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