Friday Festival: Hermeneutics

The work of interpreting life and scripture, and the understanding of the lenses by which we make such interpretations, is called hermeneutics. Knowing — and testing — our individual & cultural hermeneutics is necessary work for ministry and for maturity of faith. Hermeneutics is an academic kind of word but it’s an everyday kind of… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Stephen & Church Politics Edition (Acts 6:1—7:2a, 44-60)

We have a rather lengthy passage this week, jumping from last week’s Road to Emmaus to Acts 6 and 7. By missing the first 5 chapters of Acts, we jump over Pentecost (for the moment) and the promise of the early church, who shared what they had.  “There was not a needy person among them, for… Read More

The Pastoral is Political: The Ministry of Never Forgetting

Today, April 24, 2017, marks both Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 102nd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. For me, remembering the Armenian Genocide is personal.  My grandfather survived this genocide as a six-year-old.  His harrowing description of the events go beyond what any person should have to observe in their lives – let alone a… Read More