Forgive and Forget. Not. (Lectionary Musings on September 11)

Thirteenth Sunday of Pentecost Matthew 18:21-35 September 11, 2011 1Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” 22Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times. I found out about it on the bus. On that late summer morning 10 years ago, I was on a bus heading towards work. I had graduated from seminary the previous May and was getting ready to do my 9 month experience in Clinical Pastoral Education in a week. As the … Continue reading Forgive and Forget. Not. (Lectionary Musings on September 11)

What Should Pastors Say on 9-11?

Good words from Methodist Pastor Alan Bevere: 1) First, I want to remind folks that there is indeed radical evil in the world, and because of that people commit heinous acts against other people. Moreover, when we reflect upon a day when such evil was committed, we need to do a “gut check” ourselves as to where and when we have been complicit in committing evil ourselves. The Bible portrays sin as a very seductive thing in which human beings become willing to participate even in the name of a moral cause. No one is immune from “Satan’s snare,”–including Christians in … Continue reading What Should Pastors Say on 9-11?