Dr. King and the Constellating Light

By Ken Sehested Admiring Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream is not the same as being captured by it. Too many find it possible to respect the man but relinquish the mission. It has become too easy to revere the dreamer but renege on the dream. So let us now recall the deep roots of that …

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Kindred, The News is Bleak

By Ken Sehested Kindred, the news is bleak. For we live in the valley of the shadow, when: the stock market reaches record-breaking levels in the midst of near-record-breaking rates of unemployment; when 1% of US citizens control $30 trillion of assets while the bottom half is saddled with more debts than assets; when the …

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You Corrupted Wisdom for the Sake of Splendor

By Ken Sehested I will likely be considered antiquated, maybe maniacal, even apoplectic when I say we in the US (with derivative outbreaks elsewhere) are under the spell of the demonic, of those who worship death’s malicious craving, specifically the sacrificial scalp of dissenters, of those who do not genuflect in its presence, of any …

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Prepping for Ash Wednesday A supplication

By Ken Sehested, borrowing from St. Augustine and Isaiah 55:12 Return to your heart, O you transgressors, and hold fast to the One who made you. Stand with the Beloved and your footing shall be firm. Rest in the Merciful One and you shalt be buoyed. Where do you go along these rugged paths, pilgrim, …

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Joseph

By Ken Sehested Obscured brother consigned to the margins of Incarnation narrative. Carpentry-calloused hands now shield the shame of sagging face, drooping, disgraced. Chiseled lines prematurely sculpting age in youthful countenance. Thoughts of Mary smudge the heart as tears smear the face. Mary. Beloved. Betrothed. Betrayed? Mary. With child. Whose? How, and why? Joseph, companion …

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Sacramental Operative in a Sullied World

By Ken Sehested, originally published last month at Ethics Daily, a publication of the Baptist Center for Ethics We need to recognize, and adjust in appropriate ways, to the fact that we humans maintain a perverse fascination with disaster. I’ll leave it to psychologists to explain why, precisely; but this habit is easily illustrated: From …

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