the dark side of the glittering city

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“On what foundation has this glittering city been built? On whose screams? On whose suffering? On whose innocent blood?”

Over on the Covenant Blog this past week, the other Hylden in my house reflected on our achievement-oriented culture and who’s footing the bill for the all our glamor.  (HERE)

image captured by the author; chapel at Mont Saint Michel

God the Good Gardener

“Every branch that bears fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”

Look at the stained glass windows around you this morning.  They’ve been given at various times for various members of the community, and as any chorister will tell you, they’re a symbol of how God’s light shines through each of us.  As we look closely at the passage from the Gospel of John this morning, I want to offer these to you as a metaphor for God’s work in us as we consider what it means to be pruned, and where exactly the Good News is in the revelation that we should expect spiritual amputations. Continue reading