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The Word of God is Like…

When I teach my students at Xavier, we talk about the parables of Jesus and I always tell them that their potency is often lost on us because they were stories told to a culture that we no longer experience. We aren’t fishers or farmers in first century Palestine. We don’t have the same social mores. We don’t understand how the parables defied expectation and provoked thought.  Here is my attempt at a modern day parable that occurred to me as I was driving to work on this lovely spring day. There was a homeowner …

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God Loves Weeds

I would never presume to be a gardener. And don’t get me started on the plants I have had in my care. Usually someone else has rescued them. I have many plants out in the world which are friends’ foster plants. So it comes as sort of a surprise that recently I have been learning a lot about weeds – not because I have taken a sudden interest in horticulture but because I have been asked to give a talk with the title, “What We See as Weeds, God Sees as Flowers.” So what is …

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To Weed or Not to Weed…That is the Question

Without any kind of a deep freeze this past winter, the weeds have had a field day (pun intended) this spring.  I don’t know about your neighborhood, but ours is totally infested with chickweed.  Now, chickweed looks innocent enough, with its dainty little white flowers and delicate stems, but don’t be fooled.  It’s a cold-blooded assassin.  It grows crazy fast and chokes out everything it touches, so if you don’t pull it as soon as you see it, it’s everywhere.  And what’s worse is that pulling chickweed also scatters its seeds.  I swear the little …

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