Intercessions are Being Launched

By Ken Sehested Written in response to a friend’s agonizing note reporting on theharrowing violence unfolding in Ukraine We, from this distance and in our negligent comfort anddelinquent affluence, lack the ability to stretch our hands toyours to feel your shivers; to enlarge our hearts so that theybeat in rhythm with your sobs; to train …

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Memory and Mandate: A Meditation on Maundy Thursday

By Ken Sehested Under the sway of Easter bunnies, chocolate binges, and spring fashion sales, Holy Week and Resurrection Morning observances have shed almost all connections to the volatile political events in Jerusalem leading up to Jesus’ “triumphal entry” into the city. The season of Jesus’ final visit to Jerusalem was the fevered occasion of …

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Opportunities to Apply the Slight Weight of our Convictions

By Ken Sehested Recently I forwarded the social media link to an article detailing the ways religious piety was intertwined with the violent uprising at our nation’s capitol on 6 January 2021. My ever-thoughtful friend Susan responded with this question: “Scary. How is the best way to counter this descent into the same horrors as …

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Lamentation to Adulation: Every Psalmist’s Perilous Journey

By Ken Sehested “If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there.” —Psalm 139:8 Blessed One, whose name we dare not speak, but of whosePresence we dare not remain silent, we stand before youwith hearts in shreds and hands frozen. We know that we creatures were made for praise andthanksgiving. We recognize that gratitude …

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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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