Back to (What?!?) Sunday

This weekend is Back to Church Sunday (I hope you found your person to invite!). I figured, what better way to expose those new visitors to Covenant than to preach a sermon on…Drum Roll please…BUDDHISM! That’s right, the sermon this Sunday is going to spend a lot of time thinking about the Epistle of James from a Buddhist perspective. Now, I know this is more than a little out of the ordinary, but I do have some very good reasons for doing this. First of all, the passage this week really does capture 3 of the 4 Noble Truths of Buddhism 1quite well. If you don’t know what those are, come on Sunday and find out. Secondly, this is Covenant…the church of “What’s going to happen next?” I felt there was perhaps no better way to live into our identity than to throw a real curve ball on the Sunday that brings many visitors through our doors. Finally, and I

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Recycling the Brokenness of the World

First, let me start by requesting that you take a moment of silence, wherever you are, to reflect on 9/11 and what has happened to our world in the wake of those events… On a day like today, we cannot ignore the historical weight of the events that happened 14 years ago. Though I could attempt to wax eloquently about those events, or ground them in religion and Spirituality, I have instead decided to do two things with this space this week. First, a link to an article by the Atlantic on what happened to the debris from the twin towers. It is a fascinating article, and in some very deep way, reflective of a kind of deeply sacramental theology. What I mean when I say that is the power of events and people to take something like a chunk of twisted metal, and create deep meaning that connects us with history, and with God. The kinds of things that

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Occupy Alexandria!

This week’s scripture (James 2:1-17) should be challenging to every one of us. At first glance, this looks like a 2000 year old Occupy Wall Street campaign (One of the first places we see people talking about reading James is in Alexandria, thus the title). James places a lot of emphasis on caring for the poor at least equally to how we care for the rich (though I think his suggestion would go beyond equality). The picture painted here is incredibly relevant given the national discussions of the last decade. However, I think that to leave this about class or economics probably misses the larger point. Where are we showing favoritism in our lives? Who do we treat better than others? Who do we look down on? The Greek word used in the passage this week that is translated as “favoritism” or “preferential treatment” is prosopolampteite. If you break the word down into its component parts it literally means “to

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