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Between the Lines: Pentecost 4; Proper 6- June 16, 2013

Text: Luke 7:36-8:3

English: Foreclosure signs, Mortgage crisis,

Foreclosure signs, Mortgage crisis
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“A certain creditor had two debtors; one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. When they could not pay, he canceled the debts for both of them. Now which of them will love him more?”

Have you ever experienced having a debt cancelled? What changed for you when that happened? What was different? What tensions eased or challenges lessened? How did you feel about the one who cancelled the debt? How did your relationship change after that point, if it did? Did the size of the debt affect how you felt about it? Is it true in your own experience that forgiveness and love are interrelated?

– Andy Kille


“Between the Lines” is excerpted from BibleWorkbench, a weekly resource for engaging the biblical story in a new way published by the Educational Center in Charlotte, NC.  For details and subscription information, see About BibleWorkbench.

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Between the Lines: Easter 5: April 28, 2013

Text: John 13:31-35

Simple Love

Simple Love (Photo credit: smiling_da_vinci)

Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, “Where I am going, you cannot come.’ I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.

Jesus calls his disciples little children.
What does the designation child mean in his culture?
What do you know of “little children”?
of little children and love?

Whom do they love?
Whom do you/are you to love?
What do you know of the “little child” in yourself?
What does she or he love?

– Terry Dowdy


“Between the Lines” is excerpted from BibleWorkbench, a weekly resource for engaging the biblical story in a new way published by the Educational Center in Charlotte, NC.  For details and subscription information, see About BibleWorkbench.

Between the Lines: Epiphany 4: February 3, 2013

Text: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

[Love] bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence (Photo credit: publik16)

I write this sitting in a hotel room in Zurich, attending a conference on trauma and transformation.  Others attending these lectures are therapists who work with women who have been sexually abused, most by members of their families who tell them that they love them.  Most have mothers who, while telling them that they love them, look the other way as abuse is taking place.  I can’t avoid thinking, and not only in this context, that many of our messages about love, cultural and familial, are troubling; conflicted at best, evil at worst.

Paul’s list includes love which bears all things and endures all thingsAll things?  Really?

How many women have heard these words as problematic in their own lives?  How many men?

I’m also aware that healing the wounds of such traumas, when it is possible, requires not only skill and wisdom, but love of a particularly patient, kind, and hopeful sort.  Parsing out what is love and what is not is not only complicated and difficult, but essential.

Does Paul’s “list” help us out with this?  How might what he says be destructive?  How might it be healing?

What passes for love in my life, in yours?  How do we know when we are looking at the real thing?  What comes up for you when you hear the words, “love is…”?  What’s on your list?

– Beth Harrison


“Between the Lines” is excerpted from BibleWorkbench, a weekly resource for engaging the biblical story in a new way published by the Educational Center in Charlotte, NC.  For details and subscription information, see About BibleWorkbench.

Between the Lines: Easter 5: May 6, 2012

Text: 1 John 4:7-21

{love and happiness}

{love and happiness} (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.

Whom do you love? Who loves you? How do you know? What is the evidence for that love? Where and why did it begin? Do you love different people differently? What are the differences? How is it that all these different ways can still be named as “love”? What binds different ways, different people, different situations together under the name of love?

Whom do you not love? Who is outside your circle of concern? Why are they there? Is it possible for them to move inside? What would it require of them? Of you?

– Andy Kille

 


“Between the Lines” is excerpted from BibleWorkbench, a weekly resource for engaging the biblical story in a new way published by the Educational Center in Charlotte, NC. BibleWorkbench includes a series of open-ended questions focused on a reading in the Common Lectionary aimed at drawing readers into the story and making connections with the world around them and the world within. Also included are “Between the Lines” reflections, Parallel Readings from literature, poetry, and the news, and Critical Background on the text and its setting. For details and subscription information, go to www.educationalcenter.org.