Hope

All Saints' Day

November 2, 2014
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Revelation 7:9-17
Reading 2: 
Psalm 34:1-10, 22
Reading 3: 
1 John 3:1-3
Reading 4: 
Matthew 5:1-12
By David Grant Smith

All Saints' Day

 


Revelation 7:9-17

Reasons to Hope

Question: 
If it is “too late,” is it reasonable to have hope for the future?
Publication Month: 
March 2014
Author - First Name: 
John B.
Author - Last Name: 
Cobb, Jr.

 

In traditional Christian teaching “hope” is a theological virtue. That makes sense to me. We hope because we believe in God.

Proper 21

September 29, 2013
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15
Reading 2: 
Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16
Reading 3: 
1 Timothy 6:6-19
Reading 4: 
Luke 16:19-31
By David Lull

This week’s texts continue to explore the inseparability of religion and politics, the contrast between faithfulness and idolatry, the grave danger of the love of wealth, and the relationship between divine judgment and hope.

Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15

Proper 23

October 13, 2013
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7
Reading 2: 
Psalm 66:1-12
Reading 3: 
2 Timothy 2:8-15
Reading 4: 
Luke 17:11-19
By David Lull

Our world has too many refugees and exiles, yearning to be free and restored to wholeness. With them, we also yearn for a world without refugees, exiles, and deportees. Today’s lectionary readings invite reflections on hope and faith in the face of suffering.

Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7

Obama Second Term

Question: 
Do you have any reasons to hope that President Obama will be “better” in his second term?
Publication Month: 
January 2013
Author - First Name: 
John B.
Author - Last Name: 
Cobb, Jr.

This is one of those many places where we need to distinguish the “hope” about which the question asks from optimistic expectation. I am not optimistic, but I do have hope.

Hopes for Process

Question: 
What are some of your hopes for process over the next decade or two?
Publication Month: 
July 2012
Author - First Name: 
John B.
Author - Last Name: 
Cobb, Jr.

This is a fun question. I’m glad I was not asked to predict the realistic prospects of process thought. That would not be so much fun. But “hopes” are another matter. Still, I’ll try to stick with hopes that are not merely fanciful.

Proper 11A

July 17, 2011
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Isaiah 4:4:6-8
Reading 2: 
Psalm 86:11-17
Reading 3: 
Romans 8:12-25
Reading 4: 
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
By Jeanyne B Slettom

Isaiah 44:6-8

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