Author: Patrick Clark

5th Sunday of Lent: Unbinding Those Captive to Death

Lectionary 34 Ezra 37:12—14 / Psalm 130 / Romans 8:8—11 / John 11:1-45 A colleague of mine once received a student’s paper on the theme of resurrection which began: “I am aware of two chief instances of resurrection: that of Jesus Christ, and that of zombies. Since zombies are not mentioned in the Bible, this paper will deal solely with the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” It was funny, but it was also woefully underinformed. The student clearly did not remember the three accounts in the gospels where Jesus raises an individual from the dead: the raising of Jairus’ daughter in Matthew 9,...

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Hope in Captivity: 3rd Sunday of Advent

Lectionary: 7 Isaiah 35:1-6, 10 Psalm 146 James 5:7-10 Matthew 11:2-11 As we enter the Gospel narrative for this third Sunday of Advent, we find John the Baptist waiting in prison. What a powerful image! Jesus says of him that “among those born of women there has been none greater than John the Baptist.” He is the one of whom the Lord spoke through Isaiah: “Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you;he will prepare your way before you.” And yet we find him here waiting, wondering, and even perhaps doubting whether all his life’s work has been worth...

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Truth, Hegemony, and Our Need for Exemplars

I never thought Paul Krugman would remind me of Socrates, but there you have it. In his November 11th op-ed in the New York Times entitled “Thoughts for the Horrified,” Krugman exhorts his readers to “remember that elections determine who gets the power, not who offers the truth…. Lies are lies, no matter how much power backs them up.” The claim is rather prosaic, to say the least, and Krugman’s rendering of it is not especially artful; nevertheless, I suspect that many have now come to appreciate it in a new and deeper way. The question of power’s relationship to...

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