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Upcoming Course at the Cleveland Ecumenical Institute

Upcoming Course at the Cleveland Ecumenical Institute

Political Power, Personality, and the Sovereignty of God:
The Books of First and Second Samuel

Homilies

Troubled by Angels

Troubled by Angels

The angel appears to Mary and begins with a beautiful greeting: “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” Why then does the next line tell us that Mary was greatly disturbed?

Video

A Hint

A Hint

Why do people believe in a God who guides their lives? People believe because when they examine their own experience they find indications, hints if you will, that there is a power in this world other than chance.

Bible Study

Breaking the Silence

Breaking the Silence

Silence destroys relationships. Psalms push through our barrier of silence with God. When a psalm is prayed sincerely it breaks through emptiness and takes the risk of opening communication with the Almighty.

Jewish-Christian Resources

A Catholic Approach to the Passion Narratives

A Catholic Approach to the Passion Narratives

Catholic teaching insists that the Jewish people are not cursed or responsible for Jesus’ death. Yet Matthew 27:15-26 presents the Jewish crowd “as a whole” calling for crucifixion and saying that Jesus’ blood might fall upon them!

Homilies

The Goats Speak Back

The Goats Speak Back

Giving is is eternally important. Yet it is impossible to give unless someone is willing to receive.

Video

Heartbreak

Heartbreak

What can we do when pain and loss enter our lives? Although we cannot explain evil, we can negotiate its presence though acceptance and “throwing together.”

Jewish-Christian Resources

Top 10 Dangers in Preaching

Top 10 Dangers in Preaching

The Christian preaching tradition has been molded upon a paradigm which promotes Jesus at the expense of Judaism. As a result, often by default, Judaism is routinely denigrated when Jesus is preached.

Homilies

What Time Is It?

What Time Is It?

There are different kinds of time. Greek uses two words to distinguish them: “chronos” and “kairos.” Advent is “kairos time.”

Homilies

Keeping God Off Your List

Keeping God Off Your List

We would be wise to make lists for ourselves of what to do for the holidays. But it is important to keep God off our lists.

Homilies

Take It In. Spread It Around.

Take It In. Spread It Around.

We must take God’s affirmation in. We are always inclined to look at the negative parts of our life. But there is no power in our failures.

Homilies

Getting Out of the Way

Getting Out of the Way

John’s protests that he is not the Christ are not written to clarify John’s relationship to Jesus, but to reveal our present relationship to God.