Entries by msutherland

Days 29-35 Editorial comment

Exodus Chapters 25 -29 have concerned the correct ordering of the Tent of Meeting and its furnishings, including the correct attire for Aaron and the priests, and the way the Israelites were to conduct their religious rituals. Yet following on from the 10 commandments in Chapter 20 we have extended sections that can loosely be categorized as the […]

A how-to guide to meditating

Think of the process as three stages each taking us deeper. Begin with a sound of a bell or alarm, and set an alarm to signal the end of the practice.  Bring your attention to the experience of sitting in your chair. Notice how those parts of your body feel when they engage the back […]

Days 22-28 editorial comment

The passages about the Exodus from Egypt raise some puzzling questions. Why did God harden Pharaoh’s, heart?  Why should we celebrate the slaughter of the Egyptian army? Viewed from our post-Jesus perspective these are the acts of a barbarous tribal God. So this is perhaps the point. These are the actions of God filtered through early […]

Days 15-22 editorial comment

Alasdair Macintyre in After Virtue notes: I can only answer the question what am I to do?, if I can answer the prior question, of what story or stories do I find myself a part? Day 19 has brought us to end of reading Genesis. We have encountered some rip-roaring yarns that put a lie to the […]

Days 1-7 editorial comment

  Why read the Bible in 21st Century America? Alasdair Macintyre in After Virtue notes: I can only answer the question what am I to do?, if I can answer the prior question, of what story or stories do I find myself a part? Paul D Hanson in A Political History of the Bible in America has commented: […]

The Bible Challenge

Useful links: The Bible Challenge as paperback or Kindle book  http://www.forwardmovement.org/Products/2114/the-bible-challenge.aspx or https://smile.amazon.com/Bible-Challenge-Read-Year-ebook/dp/B008R0DRX2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1495031554&sr=8-1&keywords=the+bible+challenge+read+the+bible+in+a+year Introductions An introduction to The Bible Challenge http://www.ecfvp.org/vestry-papers/article/319/the-bible-challengeT The Bible Challenge experience http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/ens/2012/03/26/the-bible-challenge-a-marathon-of-a-read/ Recommended Bible translations: New King James NKJV, New International Version NIV, New Amercian Standard Bible NASB, New Revised Standard Version NRSV, New Jerusalem Bible NJB. We recommend an electronic version of the Bible […]

Thanksgiving 2016

This year St Martin’s will host the annual St Martin’s-Temple Beth-El Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on Tuesday, November 22nd at 7.00 pm. This year our speaker will be Kathy Cloutier, CE of Dorcas International of Rhode Island – a nonprofit dedicated to the resettlement of refugees. Thanksgiving highlights our collective experience, as a nation comprised of immigrants […]