Singing in a Strange Land

In his recent letter to the Episcopal Church, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry reflects on a verse from Psalm 137: "How shall we sing the Lord's song in a strange land?" When our Jewish ancestors in faith asked that question thousands of years ago during their exile in Babylon, they no longer had the opportunity to worship in the temple they loved. All their normal ways of praying and gathering as God's people had ceased. So, they asked: What do we do now? How can we worship God in this time of tremendous loss, and in a strange land? We too are in a strange land as we navigate the new world this pandemic presents us. How do we deal with seeing other people with their faces veiled with protecti

The Problem With The Centurion

If you've been in a Christian church for any time, you've probably heard the story of the Centurion. This is not a parable. It is an account of a Roman centurion, one of the fiercest worriers in all of history, who comes to Jesus to ask for the healing of his beloved servant. At first glance, the story from Matthew chapter 8 seems simple enough. The centurion needs help from Christ. He needs his servant healed and of course, Jesus obliges but there’s a lot more to this story. There’s really nothing typical about it. The first, and most unusual thing about this story is the fact that the centurion came at all. There is no indication that the centurion or his servant were Jewish and thi

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