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Rethinking the Golden Rule

9 August 2010 Ministry

Most of us here this, and consider what Christ is commanding you to do in Matthew 7:12 (aka “The Golden Rule). However, in considering Thomas Merton’s meditations on the nature of hatred in chapter 10 of New Seeds of Contemplation (“A Body of Broken Bones”), a new way of interpreting the Golden Rule strikes me.

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Withering Figs: A Figgy Perspective

30 July 2009 Ministry

The story from the Synoptic gospels (e.g., Matthew 21:19ff.) shows Jesus withering a fig in a passage that often feels out of place. This anger of Jesus, this cursing, is not something that we’re totally comfortable with. After all, Jesus is supposed to be that emasculated European beauty that lets people walk all over him, right?

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