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Climate Fires: Theology of Denial

The following could be used in a sermon, homily, or apart of a call to confession:
If we speak of Jesus as a human being offering a divine gift, offering unrestricted love to the Father and to the world, we are speaking, necessarily, of someone who is going to be intensely and terribly unsafe in the world...Sin, the state of revolt against truth, has consequences; it exacts a cost from us. If we live in untruth, in self-deceit, we are automatically condemned to undermining and destroying the life that is in us. We can’t live against the grain of reality and expect to survive indefinitely (which is why our environmental crisis is such a powerful and poignant symbol of our corporate sinfulness). So when Jesus faces the final uncompromising violent rejection of the religious and political powers of his day, we can say that he ‘embodies’ not only the purposes and possibilities of God but the effects of the self-destructiveness of human beings. Jesus, hanging on the cross says to us: ‘This …

Meditative Thoughts on Forgiveness

Meditative Thoughts on ForgivenessSuggestion: reflect on a thought each day of the week. Follow your meditation with the Lord’s Prayer.To forgive is to make a conscious choice to release the person who has wounded us from the sentence of our judgments, however justified that judgement may be. ~Marjorie J. ThompsonThe weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. ~ Mohandas GhandiThere is no future without forgiveness. ~Desmond TutuForgiveness is not excusing an unjust behavior or action. Forgiveness does not necessarily mean forgetting; the past remains with us. But forgiveness is how Christians live and act as we face the future. ~Andy Langford and Mark RallsGod, give me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know that one is me. ~ Serenity Prayer, Adult Children of AlcoholicsWe must fervently pray for strength to resist the temptation of getting even with those who have hurt us and for the grace…

Gospel Reflection: Matthew 18:25-30

Gospel   Matthew 18:25-30  If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax-collector. Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them. Reflection
In the classic Baptismal of  the UMC, the prayer for the young child included these words "...that,  by the renewing and restraining infl…