Reading Spufford in Light of Ferguson

I came across this quote while researching for my sermon this week.  Concerning the crisis in Fergeson, it’s a humbling reminder to all of us (myself included) who are pointing fingers in our hearts and on social media.

Wherever the line is drawn between good and evil, between acceptable and unacceptable, between kind and cruel, between clean and dirty, we’re always going to be voting on both sides of it, despite ourselves.

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Luther on Psalm 51:5

Psalm 51:5   5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.

“The human seed, this mass from which I was formed, is totally corrupt with faults and sins.  The material itself is faulty.  The clay, so to speak, out of which this vessel began to be formed is damnable…

So we are not sinners because we commit this or that sin, but we commit them because we are sinners first.

That is, a bad tree and bad seed also bring forth bad fruit, and from a bad root only a bad tree can grow…”

LW Vol. 12 

gravity always wins: Radiohead and Christianity Part III

Part I and Part II


Ecclesiastes 1:15  15 What is crooked cannot be made straight, and what is lacking cannot be counted.”

These words penned by Qoheleth of Ecclesiastes are some of the most penetrating in the entire cannon of the Bible.  In one sentence the great teacher poignantly expresses what we all know: something is wrong that we can’t quite fix.  Thousands of years later the Apostle Paul expanded on Qoheleth’s observations by plainly stating just what is crooked and lacking. Continue reading