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Steven Rodriguez

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The Remembering Present

Flash-backs falsify the Past: they forget the remembering Present. ––W. H. Auden, from “I Am Not a Camera" by Steven Rodriguez Can you imagine what it would be like if we had documentary footage of the crucifixion? (I know this…
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Confessing Friendship

by Steven Rodriguez I've been reading some letters of theologians Karl Barth and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. They are a fascinating window into a friendship at a pivotal moment in the history of the church. It’s 2313, the world is about to…
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The Silence of Consummation

by Steven Rodriguez Not all silences are the same. There’s a world of difference between the silences of cessation, caesura, and consummation. The first is simply stopping, the second is a break in the noise, and the third is the…
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The Brew

I did not take this picture. I found it on my wife's Pinterest. by Steven Rodriguez I don’t know why, but every Sunday, when I start to lead worship, my throat gets all scratchy, and I start coughing. Maybe it’s…
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Christ In Between Cultures

by Steven Rodriguez I’ve gotten some great feedback for my last article on The Twelve. One interesting thread of conversation has been about my Mexican American identity. I’ve talked with several people who have told me that the problem is…
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Dust and New Clothes

by Steven Rodriguez What can I say after this election? So many people are already saying so many things, which makes me hesitant to add to the noise. I’m weary, words feel weary, the world itself feels weary.Like the Gatherer…
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You Shall Know the Lord

Therefore, I will now persuade her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her. ... And I will take you for my wife for ever; I will take you for my wife in righteousness and in justice,…
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Make a Name for Yourself

Hosea went and took Gomer the daughter of Dibla'im, and she conceived and bore him a son. And the LORD said to him, "Call his name Jezreel; for yet a little while, and I will punish the house of Jehu…