Parallelism and Penitence

Notice anything a bit unusual in the lectionary readings for this Sunday (Aug. 1)? Remember Psalm 51, that very long Psalm we either sing or say after the Imposition of Ashes in middle of the Ash Wednesday Liturgy? Yes, that Psalm with 20 verses? Okay, well perhaps it’s not that long; at least it’s not as long as Psalm 119 with its 22 sections and 176 verses. In this Sunday’s first reading from Second Samuel, David displeases the Lord, finally admitting to Nathan, “I have sinned against the ... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Tuesday, July 28, 2015

God's Board

The Gospel appointed for this Sunday (July 26) is the story of the feeding of the great multitude with only five fishes and two loaves of bread. For obvious reasons, this Gospel story has long been tied to the celebration of the Holy Eucharist: God’s table is bountiful enough for all, and our challenge is to have faith enough that God will provide for all. In June, I wrote about singing various hymn texts to the same hymn tune, and this entry could be a continuation of that post. I can hea... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Tuesday, July 21, 2015

No Rest for the Weary

Jesus and his disciples seemed to stay on the move all the time, and much of the activity centered around the Sea of Galilee. I have never visited the Holy Land, but I know that, while they stayed on the move, we are not talking about great distances here. Nevertheless, wherever Jesus and his disciples visited, they most often attracted a crowd. Though I have never visited any of these places in person, I recognize many of the names of towns and places: Jerusalem, Bethany, Jericho and the ... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Tuesday, July 14, 2015

On the Life and Death of a Character (in all senses of the word)

John the Baptist is one of my favorite characters in the Bible. I use the word "character" with all its implied meanings, as I believe John the Baptist was, indeed, "a character" as we often say about people, especially Southerners it seems. I am confident that people have also occasionally described me as "a character," bless my heart. Truthfully, John the Baptist was probably a little wild for my personal taste and comfort: he lived in the desert, wore tattered clothing about which he pr... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Tuesday, July 7, 2015