Today we celebrate Pentecost, the day when the Holy Spirit descended upon those who loved and followed Jesus. Look at the picture on the front of today’s worship book. It is the vision of Pentecost created by Chinese artist Hi … Continue reading The fiery power of love
We’re not sure what to make of the Ascension Day Story, the one that has Jesus rocketing up into space without benefit of a rocket or wings. Actually, the whole story seems more than a little embarrassing in the 21st … Continue reading
Scriptures for the Sixth Sunday of Easter • Acts 10:44-48 • 1 John 5:1-6 • John 15:9-17 • Psalm 98 Preached by The Rev. Davidson Bidwell-Waite, Deacon Missioner to Haiti, Episcopal Diocese of California In the name of the Lover, … Continue reading Love one another Sunday
Yesterday The Rev. Dr. James Hal Cone, the Distinguished Charles A. Briggs Chair in Systematic Theology at the Union Theological Seminary in New York City, died. Dr. Cone was a creator of Black Liberation Theology in the 1960s and we … Continue reading Remembering The Rev. Dr. James Hal Cone
Today’s scripture summarizes the central image in one of our most beloved Psalms: the 23rd Psalm. That’s no accident: the authors of Christian scripture often reflect prophecies or personas found in Jewish scripture or the “Old Testament.” Today we hear … Continue reading Good Shepard Sunday: searching for your authentic flock?
Maybe it started with Genesis 1:26, where we read: “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, … Continue reading A Christian Approach to Earth Day 2018
American novelist, playwright, and screenwriter Cormac McCarthy once said: “Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.” His view of the importance of scars came to mind this week as our pondered the scriptures scheduled … Continue reading Searching for an authentic answer to an ancient paradox
The first Easter Sunday I remember was at the small New England Episcopal Church where I was baptized as an infant. That Easter, they had a great idea: they all children attending the service would receive a free flower to … Continue reading How do we follow Jesus in 21st century San Francisco?
About the year AD 50, towards the end of his second missionary journey, Paul founded the church in Corinth. A few years later, perhaps while staying in Ephesus that he received disconcerting news of jealousies, rivalry, and immoral behavior within … Continue reading Why were women the first to discover the Resurrection?
Today you will be with me in Paradise. What does Jesus mean? In the context of Good Friday, it seems clear: he is telling the thief he will be with Jesus in Paradise after they die on the cross. But … Continue reading Good Friday reflection: “Today you will be with me in Paradise.”