Also, I was booked to preach on Matthew 5:21-26 at my church this Sunday -- the passage where Jesus connects murder to anger and rhetoric and gives a call prioritizing reconciliation to ceremonies of worship. I had written the sermon before the tragedy in Arizona and the ensuing discussion about just such a connection, but did feel compelled to touch on current events in order to draw out the point. I don't usually like to post my sermons (because I tend to think of preaching as a homiletic event meant for a certain place and time and people rather than a static document), but will post the manuscript to this one right here on Sunday morning for all the shut ins out there.
All that to say: Here's to the Bible. I have found these words to be alive.