Particularity by Robert Hamerton-Kelly December 17, 2006 Scriptures: Hebrews 10:4-10; Luke 2:1-20 “And they went with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger” –Luke 2:16 I have been reading poetry lately, and one of the marks of good poetry is its particularity or concreteness. A poet sees a thing […]


Meanwhile by Robert Hamerton-Kelly December 3, 2006 Scriptures: 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13; Luke 21:25-36 “Keep a watch on yourselves; do not let you minds be dulled by dissipation and drunkenness and worldly cares so that the great Day closes upon you like a trap; for that day will come on all people, wherever they are, the […]


Apocalypse by Robert Hamerton-Kelly November 19, 2006 Scriptures: 1 Samuel 2:1-10; Mark 13:1-8 “Take heed that on one leads you astray” –Mark 13:5 One might think that the recent election shows that you can’t fool all of the people all of the time, and that the electorate has experienced an apocalypse, that is a moment […]

The Great Commandment

The Great Commandment by Robert Hamerton-Kelly November 5, 2006 Scriptures: Hebrews 9:11-14; Mark 12:28-34 “…you shall love the Lord your God,…you shall love your neighbor as yourself…” –Mark 12:29-31 Jesus, in the last week of his life, debates religious figures and teaches the general public in the portico of the temple in Jerusalem. A religious […]

Status and Salvation

Status and Salvation by Robert Hamerton-Kelly October 22, 2006 Scriptures: Hebrews 5:1-10; Mark 10:35-45 “For the Son of Man also came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.” –Mark 10:45 Our Gospel readings have now followed the theme of service and the servant for three or […]

Like a Child

Like a Child by Robert Hamerton-Kelly October 8, 2006 Scriptures: Hebrews 1:1-4; Mark 10: 13-16 “Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it ” –Mark 10:15 I shall be briefer than usual today because most of you heard me yesterday at Myrtle’s Memorial […]

On Violence and Religion

On Violence and Religion by Robert Hamerton-Kelly September 24, 2006 Scriptures: James 3:13-4:3; Mark 9:30-37 “If anyone one would be first, he/she must be last of all and servant of all” –Mark 9:35 When one hears a saying like this one suspects that it is impossible to follow Jesus. There is surely a diagnostic category […]

Hearing and Speaking

Hearing and Speaking by Robert Hamerton-Kelly September 10, 2006 Scriptures: James 2:1-10; Mark 7:24-37 “And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly” –Mark 7:35 Last time our theme was the “Words of Life,” this time it is the link between hearing and speaking, another meditation on the power of words. […]

The Words of Eternal Life

The Words of Eternal Life by Robert Hamerton-Kelly August 27, 2006 Scriptures: Ephesians 6:10-20; John 6: 56-69 “You have the words of eternal life” –John 6:68 We are back again with that recurring theme of the Gospel of John, life, and not just transient life, but eternal life. John speaks of life and how to […]

The Bread of Life

The Bread of Life by Robert Hamerton-Kelly August 13, 2006 Scriptures: Ephesians 4:25-5:2; John 6:35;42-51 “Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.’” –John 6:35 Much has happened in the larger world since last we met five weeks […]