INTRODUCTION Born in 4th century Turkey, in a region called Cappadocia, Saint Basil first pursued education and a career in the law. Eventually he found himself drawn to a monastic vocation through his holy sister Macrina. Saint Basil would become revered in both...
More than any place I’ve ever lived, locals in San Antonio, Texas, tend to understand their city in terms of its four cardinal directions. News outlets here write the parts of town in title caps: North Side, South Side, West Side, East Side. Ask most people raised in...
We acknowledge also Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God We have said and acknowledge it is one, and apart from him there is none that remains of himself unchanging in his clarity and who lives for ever; for he is truth, and that is his name in all eternity....
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Preached at Second Calvary Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan in 1954
Meg Jenista Kuykendall
Jenista Kuykendall reminds us that we too have “Jonah hearts.” We are often wayward, hateful, angry, and try to put limits on God’s extravagant love. Even so, God shows his extravagant love: for Jonah, for the people of Ninevah, for the people of the world. This is the character of our God, abundant in love, patient beyond measure, and overflowing in compassion.
St. John Chrysostom
INTRODUCTION St. John Chrysostom (chrysostomos - the 'Golden-mouthed' in Greek), Archbishop of Constantinople from 397-404, was one of the great giants of the high patristic era of the 4th-6th centuries. A champion of Nicene orthodoxy, he is accorded the title Doctor...
In a free society, some are guilty, but all are responsible. —Abraham Joshua Heschel I confess I’ve never reacted all that well to the recruitment posters created to enlist soldiers in the First and Second World Wars: Lord Kitchener, Uncle Sam, John Bull. Chalk it up...
We are entering a murky post-pandemic twilight in which the course of Christian wisdom is less clear. How might the virtues of justice, prudence, temperance, and fortitude light our way?
St. Cyril of Alexandria
INTRODUCTION St. Cyril played a pivotal role in guiding the early Church, having been selected as bishop in the bustling and prominent city of Alexandria, Egypt, one of the Apostolic churches of antiquity. He would also participate in the Council of Ephesus in the 5th...
Christmastide is a time of re-enchanting. The frankly supernatural aspects of Christianity can’t be swept too far under the rug, this time of year. The season comes laden with glimpses of the heavenly realm intersecting with earth; the light casting away the works of darkness.
There is in every person something that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in herself. . . . There is in you something that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself. Nobody like you has ever been born and no one like you will ever be born...
Saint Charles Borromeo
In 16th century Milan, when plague struck the city, privileged leaders fled to their private estates and left the common people in destitution and disease. While the city’s leaders fled, their bishop Charles Borromeo hastened to minister to his flock, lead them in prayer, and encourage reasonable health measures be taken. Saint Charles Borromeo’s heroic virtue echoes through the ages and speaks to us today in our own contemporary situation. Specifically, Borromeo’s pastoral message speaks to our society today in his brief reflection included in the Liturgy of the Hours Advent Office of Readings. These readings serves to reorient the Church to God through the timely celebration of Advent. Borromeo emphasizes the import of Advent for recognizing the gift of Christ revealed in our time while eagerly anticipated and longed for throughout salvation history. He further encourages a renewed discernment to prepare for Christ in our own hearts with the arrival of the Christmas season. The sermon is paired with a scriptural excerpt from the book of the prophet Isaiah 1: 21-27; 2: 1-5, and can be prayerfully reflected upon in conjunction with the sermon.
Melissa Florer-Bixler, pastor of Raleigh Mennonite Church, invites us to consider the ways in which Ruth is a paradigm of how we include others. In particular, Ruth invites us to see how we belong to one another in faith, and this calls us to belong to our wounded neighbors.
These first verses of Genesis are often rife with controversy. In this sermon, Edmonson reminds us that these verses are foundational for our faith, giving us a pattern for God’s mighty acts throughout history. In them, we not only find revealed truth about how God created in the beginning, but a pattern for how God will redeem his world, and save his people.
Heather C. Ohaneson
Theology and philosophy teach us that we prepare for dying by thinking about death, but we prepare for death by living well.
Leah Libresco Sargeant, Jennifer Frey, Susannah Black
“Free is not your right to choose, it’s answering what’s asked of you, to give the love you’ve found until it’s gone.”
In this event, co-sponsored by Breaking Ground and Sargeant’s newsletter Other Feminisms, Sargeant is joined by Susannah Black and Jennifer Frey to discuss what the politics of dependence looks like, and how our present culture asks women to reject their own nature.
Sr. Carino Hodder
“O, little town of Bethlehem,” said my devoutly Sikh taxi driver. “How still we see thee lie. Above thy deep and . . .” (I chimed in from the back seat, providing the elusive word) – “dreamless – thank you – sleep, the silent stars go by. Yet, in thy dark streets...
In August 1945, just weeks before the official end of World War II, Winston Churchill stood on the floor of Parliament and declared, “The United States stand at this moment at the summit of the world.” In the coming decades, Churchill’s pronouncement proved...