John the Baptism

BAPTISM: Repent by William Willimon

November 16, 2015

From On a Wild and Windy Mountain John the Baptizer appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance. (Mark 1:4) The church of today lives in an ethically debilitating climate.  Where did we go wrong?  Was it the urbane self-centeredness of Peale’s Power of Positive Thinking and its therapeutic successors?  Was it the liberal, civic-club mentality of the heirs to the Social Gospel?  Now we waver between evangelical TV triumphalism with its Madison Avenue values or live-and-let-live pluralism which urges open-mindedness as the supreme virtue.  And so a recent series of radio sermons on “The Protestant Hour” urged us to “Be Good to Yourself.”  This was followed by an even more innocuous [...]

CHRISTMAS MEDITATION: The Fullness of the Time by Joan Chittister

January 10, 2013

From The Liturgical Year There’s a popular folk tale about three blind men who walk around an elephant to determine what kind of beast this animal might be.  One takes hold of the elephant’s tail and says, “This creature is very like a rope.”  The second happens to take hold of its tusk and says, “This creature is very like a spear.”  And the third, patting the wide, hard side of the animal, says, “This creature is surely a wall.”  Obviously, if any one of them had all three insights at once, these men would have understood a great deal more about elephants than any one of them could possibly know alone. Liturgical spirituality is a bit like that as well.  Each season has a great consuming centerpiece on which we [...]