Much of what Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount (as with most of his life and teachings) was unexpected and contrary to popular perceptions.
Sometimes it takes a crisis (a crisis of faith, of relationship, of conscience, of disconnection) to open up the familiar in order to reveal something more authentic and healing in the unfamiliar.
“What is the greatest joy in life?” John asked me after soundly beating me during one of our annual games of racquetball. I figured it was a trick question, so I joked, “A double cheeseburger with a plate of onion rings and a beer?”
This Sunday, I am beginning a new series entitled, “Peace in the Broken: Living with the Question.” How might questions widen our faith in ways that connect us more deeply with our lives, with life around us, and with the very source of our being?
This Sunday, Rev. Linda McDermott and I will finish our series as we explore the final virtue that we might practice as a way of bringing more hope to times that seem otherwise — the virtue of Adventurous Civility. When you least expect to find hope in an abusive, scary world, civility calls out our wildest possibilities.