Religion is Dead! Long Live Religion.

Yesterday, I wrote about how Jesus' cleansing of the Temple and, more importantly, his interpretation of it, marks in a sense the 'end of religion'. He had come up against the limitations of the sacrificial and ritual system of his people and offered a new expression of what it means to be faithful. What is … Continue reading Religion is Dead! Long Live Religion.

Forty Days in the Desert: A Reflection on Mark 1.9-15

an elderly woman against a desert backdrop

Immediately after the powerful, transformative, theophanic moment of his baptism, Jesus is sent by the Holy Spirit into to the desert. There he is tempted for forty days — tempted with ease, with entitlement, and with earthly power. Ever since, the desert has held an odd place in the Christian imagination. On the one hand, … Continue reading Forty Days in the Desert: A Reflection on Mark 1.9-15

Tempted

The other day, we commemorated the Baptism of Jesus, a truly powerful moment in the life of Jesus and a paradigm for our own life of faith. Unfortunately, our Sunday lectionary readings leave what happens next until Lent: Jesus' temptation in the wilderness. I say 'unfortunately,' because it feels like this part of the story … Continue reading Tempted