The third way isn’t about extreme positions or a banal balance

This post originally appeared at circleofhope.net. On Sunday I was teaching about Mark 10, the part where the Pharisees offer Jesus a rather controversial question about marriage and divorce to which there was no real contemporary consensus. The Jewish canon sometimes preserved the dialogue more than conclusions, so I think this kind of discussion was […]

Sufferers need more than patronizing platitudes for comfort

This blog post was originally published at circleofhope.net. I think you know that we’ve been saying that our suffering is not for nothing this Lent. It’s our theme for the season. But isn’t it a little grandiose to say that our suffering makes a difference? Someone recently told me it was a bit patronizing and […]

The poor you will always have with you, but maybe not in Philly

We are in Holy Week in Circle of Hope and we are journeying with Christ toward his death. In Matthew’s account of Jesus’ final week, he spent time visiting with some of his closest friends in Bethany. He made stayed there after he triumphantly entered Jerusalem. Matthew and Mark don’t identify who the woman is, […]