Wes Howard-Brook on How Empire “Handles” Violence

Today, we share a Facebook Post (and highlights of an ongoing strand from Friday, Sept 12) from Dr. Wes Howard-Brook, former attorney and, currently, a professor of Theology & Scripture at Seattle University. Social media has all sorts of issues, but sometimes it can serve as a really helpful forum for “overhearing” conversations about vital …

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Resurrection: The Hope That Vindicates God’s Justice

By Wes Howard-Brook & Sue Ferguson Johnson, a commentary on this weekend’s Gospel text, re-posted from November 2016 There is nothing more radical than resurrection. From the time Daniel 12 apocalyptically announced that God raises the dead, the intellectual elite in Judea rejected it. Sophisticated skeptics have always scoffed at the notion that life extends …

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The Way Costs Exactly Everything

By Wes Howard-Brook & Sue Ferguson Johnson, a commentary on this weekend’s Gospel text, re-posted from September 1, 2016 It is no mystery who Luke’s audience is in this week’s Gospel (14.25-33): “For which of you, intending to build a tower (Gk, purgon)…” (14.28). Clearly, this is not a building plan envisioned by landless peasants, …

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Not a Disembodied Hope

By Wes Howard-Brook and Sue Ferguson Johnson, reposted from Advent 3 2017 Just north of Magdala in Galilee stand the cave-pocked cliffs of Mt. Arbel. Twice in a hundred years, Roman soldiers shot fire into the caves to destroy Israelites who refused to give in to imperial rule. The first occasion was the imposition of …

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Wild Lectionary: The Desert Shall Rejoice and Blossom

Seeking the True Joy of Advent Advent 3 Isaiah 35:1-10 Matthew 11: 2-11 As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to look at?”                                                                       Matt 11:7 The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and …

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Have Mercy on Us!

By Wes Howard-Brook and Sue Ferguson Johnson *NOTE: this piece was originally posted to Radical Discipleship in October 2016. The final leg of the journey to Jerusalem begins with this week’s gospel (Lk 17.11-19). Alert readers, though, will note that Jesus and the disciples have not gotten very far. At the very beginning, Luke tells …

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Wild Lectionary: For What Do We Give Thanks?

Proper 23(28) C Luke 17:8-11 Psalm 66:1-12 He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. (Luke 16.16) The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, “God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.” (Luke 18.11) By Wes …

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The Way Costs Exactly Everything

By Wes Howard-Brook & Sue Ferguson Johnson (on Luke 14:25-33) *Note: this piece was originally posted to Radical Discipleship during the summer of 2016. It is no mystery who Luke’s audience is in this week’s Gospel (14.25-33): “For which of you, intending to build a tower (Gk, purgon)…” (14.28). Clearly, this is not a building …

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