In First Kings Chapter 19, the great prophet Elijah is in a bad way. He is running scared: Jezebel has killed all the prophets and is closing in. So Elijah goes out into the wilderness, out to die in the … Continue reading Seeing an unseen God
They said there was once a wise old Rabbi and a small Eastern European Village who was renowned for his wisdom and piety. One day it became clear his health was feeling and his time on Earth coming to an … Continue reading The God of the Perpetual Perhaps
Today we start with three very different selections from Christian scripture. In our first reading, we hear from the Book of Genesis how God established a covenant Abraham and Sarah and with their disciples – the people of Israel. Their … Continue reading Forgiveness to avoid carrying the wrong cross through life
“For out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” Genesis 3:19 This is a central concept on Ash Wednesday, the day when we begin our 40-day journey to the darkness of Good … Continue reading Dust, you, me, and God
This is Transfiguration Sunday. We start with the story of God lifting his prophet Elijah up to heaven in a chariot of fire. Out Psalm reminds us “[t]he heavens declare his righteousness, for God himself is judge.” From Paul’s second … Continue reading Transformation toward a practical Christianity
It was one of those days at the Hospital. Summer was upon us and most of our spiritual care staff were out of the office for vacation or conferences or consultations. We were short staffed, so I wasn’t exactly surprised … Continue reading Jesus, healing, and modern health care: who do you trust?
Today we hear of Jesus ‘casting out” an unclean spirit. What could this story mean to us in 21st century San Francisco? And what does it mean to be healed? Are we expecting miracles that let the lame walk free? … Continue reading Casting out unclean spirits – old fashioned healing or humbug?
Yesterday, across America hundreds of thousands of women and more than a few men marched together to oppose the lunacy that now masquerades as normal politics in Washington, D.C. These marchers walked the way of non-violent protest, one which civil … Continue reading American Prophet Thomas Merton, Contemplation in a World of Action
I remember it clearly: the President of the United States was giving a nationwide address on television. He was arguing for passage of the first Voting Rights Act, a measure which would ensure that millions of African Americans would gain … Continue reading In the name of love, we shall overcome
Growing up, by listening to how my parents said my name, I could instantly tell if I was in trouble. In fact the variation of my name they used was a clear signal to me indicating how much trouble I … Continue reading The power of names