“The Miracle”

April 16, 2017 John 20:1-18   “Is it possible that we are perpetually out of context?” A colleague of mine asked that question as we gathered to discuss our Easter passages.  Of course, that question makes no sense out of context, so I’ll explain. Some of you may remember my story about Dom the barber.  […]

“Finding Faith, Part 3”

March 26, 2017 John 9:1-41   I shared with you a few weeks ago part of the charge that I gave to my brother-in-law at his installation as the pastor at the Congregational Church in Madison. This morning I thought I would share another part, which I ripped off from Mother Theresa.  She says, People […]

“Finding Faith, Part 2”

March 19, 2017 John 4:5-42 Exodus 7:1-7   After having, in a way, fled from the Bishop in the United Methodist Church, it’s kind of ironic that I now serve on the committee in the Fairfield East Association that functions as the bishop. Among other things, we oversee matters of ordination and candidacy for authorization […]

“When Belief is Hard to Come By”

March 12, 2017 John 3:1-17 Today we get to read what is perhaps the most famous passage in all of the Christian scriptures – John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” There are […]

“The Transfiguration”

Feb. 26, 2017 Matthew 17:1-9 The theme for the sabbatical I took a bunch of years back now was: finding the spiritual in the physical. That included physical presence with others, physical activity like yoga and the martial arts, as well as physical expressions of piety like architecture, and song, and art.  Angela and I […]

“Shine Your Light”

Feb. 5, 2016 Isaiah 58:1-12 Matthew 5:13-20   God tells Isaiah to give the people bad news and to give it loud and clear. Pull no punches.  Say it like it is.  God is mad and God wants everyone to know it. Preachers squirm when passages like this one come up. We’re probably apt to […]

“God is More”

Jan. 29, 2017 Matthew 5:1-11 1 Cor. 1:18-31   “God created us in God’s own image, and darn it – we’ve returned the favor.”[1]  That’s a line from a book I’m reading at the moment.  The message is that instead of reflecting God’s image, which is what we were created to do, we’ve imposed our […]

“The Third Force”

Dec. 4, 2016 Matthew 3:1-12 Isaiah 11:1-10   I’m not sure if this counts as a poem or not. But, it is called, “The best poem ever,” and I thought I would begin here.   What if, says a small child to me this afternoon, We made a poem without using any words at all? […]

“Advent 1: Stay Awake!”

Nov. 27, 2016 Isaiah 2:1-5 Matthew 24:36-44   First, I would like to think for a little bit about “keeping awake” and what this call to wakefulness might mean. If you read on in Matthew you’ll see that it’s less about right belief and right understanding and more about right work, actions that coincide with […]

“A Shift in Thinking”

Nov. 20, 2016 Luke 23:33-43   There he is with nails in his hands and feet, blood pouring from his side and dripping from the thorns that are tearing at his skull. He’s been stripped and whipped and hung on a cross to die.  And, in this moment of unimaginable horror and pain he says, […]