Luke 4: 1-13

Napoleon once said that history was “a fable agreed upon”, while Henry Ford dismissed it as “more or less bunk”[1].  Historians are often accused of bias, of overlooking facts that don’t support their interpretation of events, or of twisting facts to suit their particular perspective on history.  Despite the post-Enlightenment claim to complete objectivity and the rigorous scrutiny of evidence, it seems that hidden agendas and a desire to definitively “set the record” remain as much a part of the modern historical enterprise as the desire to actually describe that which happened. Continue reading “Luke 4: 1-13”

Isaiah 58: 1-12; Matthew 6: 1-6, 16-21

When I was a theological student, once a semester, the community of the Theological College – that is, the students and the faculty – would spend a day on retreat.  The purpose of these retreat days was to facilitate both group and personal reflection, to remind us both as a community and as individuals, what it was we were preparing for, and why.  Continue reading “Isaiah 58: 1-12; Matthew 6: 1-6, 16-21”