December 12, 2019

Sunday with Walter Brueggemann: On Changing the Subject

Sunday with Walter Brueggemann On Changing the Subject The test and norm is the reality of Jesus. Look at Jesus, because Jesus confronts all the throne talk of the world. You want to know about joy, and well-being, and truth, and goodness. Look at Jesus. Not being served, but serving. I have no doubt that […]

Sunday with Walter Brueggemann: An Artistic Rendering of Life

Sunday with Walter Brueggemann An Artistic Rendering of Life For the work of teachers, preachers, and interpreters, an artistic rendering of life is now an urgent responsibility, not only because of the character of the text but because of our social-cultural-moral circumstance. The community gathered around this text (in church, in synagogue, in religion department) […]

Sunday with Walter Brueggemann: To Relish the Generosity of God

Sunday with Walter Brueggemann To Relish the Generosity of God [To] deny self is taken too often to mean you should have some self-hate, feel bad about yourself, ponder your failure and your guilt, and reject your worth. But that is surely not what Jesus is talking about. Rather, he is talking about coming to […]

Sunday with Walter Brueggemann: The counterexperience of creation in worship

Sunday with Walter Brueggemann The counterexperience of creation in worship One other peculiar practice in Israel’s worship life bears on our theme. It is evident in Gen 1:1–2:4a that creation and its gift of blessing are understood to be accomplished through (a) utterance, (b) separation of day from night and the waters from the waters, […]

Sunday with Walter Brueggemann: The holiness of the baptized community

Sunday with Walter Brueggemann The holiness of the baptized community The holiness of the church does not consist in true doctrine that everyone accepts. It does not consist in true morality that everyone embraces. We know of course that the church has often specialized in doctrine and morality. But the truth is that the holiness […]

Sunday with Walter Brueggemann: The Involved Life

Sunday with Walter Brueggemann The Involved Life We are called to put on love for the world, the world we have been taught deep in our bones to fear and hate and resist. But we did not learn so from Christ, rather we learned God so loved the world. So in our maturing we need […]

Sunday with Walter Brueggemann: We are not self-invented folks

Sunday with Walter Brueggemann We are not self-invented folks There is a mistaken notion that we are self-starters, individuals who “possess” capacity and worth. And we can make do and can do, if we try harder. Such a view belongs to American notions of success and progress. But it really doesn’t work. We cannot make […]

Sunday with Walter Brueggemann: On Telling Jesus Stories

Sunday with Walter Brueggemann On Telling Jesus Stories The church must endlessly tell its Jesus stories, because in these Jesus stories, we behold the glory of the Father, full of grace and truth. The imposition of holiness does not happen in large, grand, religious, magnificent ways. It happens where a son is welcomed home, where […]

Bruggemann: Our life with God — characteristically open and unsettled

Ah, when I need something to really chew on, Walter Bruggemann is always a good go-to. I have testified here at IM to a journey of having learned something much different than what I was taught in my evangelical background. That is, that God and his people, particularly as portrayed in the Hebrew Bible, share […]

Wednesday with Brueggemann: Do you notice?

Wednesday with Brueggemann Do you notice? We are in process of deciding, to whom does the present belong? On most days, we imagine, the present belongs to the empire. When we think that, we succumb in resignation, because then we conclude that everything is settled and nothing can be changed. On some days, however, we […]