Jesus and the Goats

Jesus and the Goats

When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left… We know the story. It is usually told this way: At the end of…

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Christ is risen; when will we rise?

Christ is risen; when will we rise?

Usually, we talk about the Risen Christ around Easter. But it is perhaps more fitting to explore the significance of the Resurrection on a day like today, the day after the election, when our collective imagination has been transfixed by party politics and we begin to ask “now what?” Perhaps the juxtaposition between electoral politics and the Resurrection of Jesus seems jarring. Bear with me.  I remember one particular Easter service when my son, Jonas, was 4 years old. Jonas overheard everyone repeating “Christ is Risen.”…

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Deep Roots Podcast: Benjamin Lay

Deep Roots Podcast: Benjamin Lay

In this episodes, Mark tells the story of Benjamin Lay. Benjamin was a radical Quaker, abolitionist, and performance artist who drew ire from the Quaker elite in Pennsylvania for his fierce activism. He was also known as a man of fierce integrity. At just over 4 foot tall, he lived in a cave, grew his own food, practiced strict vegetarianism, and made his own clothing. In all things he sought to embody the call to love one’s neighbor. Written and…

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Deep Roots Podcast: The Beguines

Deep Roots Podcast: The Beguines

This episode remembers the beguines–a medieval lay women’s movement that that stressed imitation of Christ’s life through simplicity, care of the poor and sick, and religious devotion. By being a movement of women apart from men, they challenged the established order. Many of their leading figures were accused of heresy, and scores were murdered during the Inquisition. What was it about their way of life that so threatened the Church? Written and produced by Mark Van Steenwyk. Vocal performances provided…

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Deep Roots Podcast: Ernesto Cardenal, Revolutionary Priest

Deep Roots Podcast: Ernesto Cardenal, Revolutionary Priest

In this episode, we examine Ernesto Cardenal. Cardenal is a liberation theologian who refuses to be contained by a lectern. A priest who refused to be restrained by the pulpit. He is a poet that refuses to let words be his only medium. For him, revolution isn’t a metaphor, it is a painful act that brought death to friends and enemies. But, to Cardenal, such death was the price for the promise of liberation. Written and produced by Mark Van Steenwyk. Poems…

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