Research Design – Some Preliminary Questions

Today we spent 8:30-5 minus 1.5 hours for lunch talking about what research is, why it’s important, what our research will entail and why we are doing it.  It wasn’t a bad day, considering how long the day was I was able to stay pretty well engage.  We did a fair amount of group workContinue reading “Research Design – Some Preliminary Questions”

Qaddish and The Lord’s Prayer: Jesus’ Subversive Tactics

In this continuing series on the Lord’s Prayer I am looking at the Jewish prayer known as the Qaddish, and comparing it to the Lord’s Prayer.  When we compare these two prayers we see themes arise that are particularly interesting when we consider that Christ’s prayer is intentionally tweaked to include rather subversive value, whichContinue reading “Qaddish and The Lord’s Prayer: Jesus’ Subversive Tactics”

Cristes maese and the American Soul

I listened to it today during lunch, I was filled with sorrow and a bit of despair when I realized this Christmas we Americans are singing.All thru’ the day I me mine, I me mine, I me mine.All thru’ the night I me mine, I me mine, I me mine.Now they’re frightened of leaving itEv’ryone’s weaving it,Coming on strong all the time,All thru’ the day I me mine.I-me-me mine, I-me-me mine,I-me-me mine, I-me-me mine.All I can hear I me mine, I me mine, I me mine.Even those tears I me mine, I me mine, I me mine.No-one’s frightened of playing itEv’ryone’s saying it,Flowing more freely than wine,All thru’ the day I me mine.I-me-me mine, I-me-me mine,I-me-me mine, I-me-me mine.All I can hear I me mine, I me mine, I me mine.Even those tears I me mine, I me mine, I me mine.No-one’s frightened of playing itEv’ryone’s saying it,Flowing more freely than wine,All thru’ your life I me mine.–The culture surrounding Christmas has undermined the possible sacrament that it could be…. A teenage virgin mother who faces the fear and scandal of having a child out of wedlock.God places his trust in a Galilean woman (a very lowly position in society) to carry out his mission.It is the powerless and social outcasts who assemble to celebrate the birth of a homeless child.Hope comes through peace not power, prestige, riches or any other expected source of good.Yahweh has his people in mind, he wishes to redeem creation.Christmas also reminds us that we are, as Christians, different from the rest of the world because we believe in a baby to save the world.