Dear Folks -
One of the things that people all over the world want is freedom.
We find freedom for ourselves only when and to the degree we grant
freedom to others.
Those two sentences summarize the content of this week's talk in
the Ordinary Life Gathering. In this talk I look at the original
meaning of the line in the Lord's Prayer about "forgive us our debts"
and show how it was expanded to include a host of other meanings
about untangling the cords that we use to bind both ourselves and
others. We have a hard time hearing this line because of two things:
we don't live as near the economic edge as did Jesus first hearers
and we have fallen under the influence of "recent Christianity" which
doesn't practice the deep openness Jesus did.