The Taser's Edge

Two weeks in…
March 3, 2010, 1:00 am
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Repentance over Reason (a truly Lenten thought)

“In this way we differ from all animals.  It is not our capacity to think that makes us different, but our capacity to repent, and to forgive.  Only humans can perform that most unnatural act, and by doing so only they can develop relationships that transcend the relentless law of nature.”

-Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008), quoted in Helping People Forgive by David W. Augsburger, p. 10

Death by Footwashing: A Sermon

This morning, as you know if you read posts from earlier this week, it was my turn to preach at Anglican Missional Pastor training, a program for ministry development within the Anglican Mission in America.  The manuscript of the sermon I preached is as follows.  Even if you don’t go around reading random online sermons, my mom does, so there.  And Holly’s mom.  And a few other people.  For those who are disinterested, I dangle this tidbit: in the sermon I talk about my recent encounter with some Jehovah’s Witnesses.

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Bright Sadness

“A journey, a pilgrimage!  Yet, as we begin it, as we make the first step into the ‘bright sadness’ of Lent, we see–far, far away–the destination.  It is the joy of Easter, it is the entrance into the glory of the Kingdom.  And it is this vision, the foretaste of Easter, that makes Lent’s sadness bright and our lenten effort a ‘spiritual spring.’  The night may be dark and long, but all along the way a mysterious and radiant dawn seems to shine on the horizon.  ‘Do not deprive us of our expectation, O Lover of man!'”

-Alexander Schmemann, Great Lent: Journey to Pascha, p. 15