Naomi & Ruth On this day we hear the sacred stories of four widows – women who were supposed to be powerless and unimportant – yet who lived surprising lives and whose story is still told today. This is a … Continue reading Four widows who surprise us with their power
We all know the story of Lazarus. About how he was a close friend of Jesus; about how despite hearing Lazarus was ill; about how Jesus dawdled and delayed; about how Lazarus up and died before Jesus arrived. … Continue reading “Lazarus come out!”
Humility is in short order these days. It reminds me of the story about a man who was finally promoted be a Vice President of his employer. Well, that went right to his head, and in a few weeks, you … Continue reading Following Job’s path to humility in our lives
Once upon a time, there was a young woman who lay dying and a lonely hospital bed. She was bereft of hope and paralyzed by fear. The medical staff tried and to explain to young woman nothing more they could … Continue reading God of the whirlwind – just another angry patriarch waiting to condemn us to hellfire and damnation?
I have a confession to make. When I was a child, I was not always the best little boy in the world. In fact, sometimes some of my mother’s friends would look her in the eye and say, “You must … Continue reading What would Job do in Trump’s America?
Today we’re talking about community. Community is an important, if not essential, element of the Christian practice. Most of us don’t experience Christianity as a solitary spiritual path. Most of us become Christians by joining a special kind of spiritual community called a church. If you think back to the baptismal liturgy, the initiation service when you become a Christian, you will remember the service centers on welcoming a new into an existing community of faith or congregation. A key part of that process comes when the presider asks the congregation to promise to help the new member follow Jesus. … Continue reading Living in a Community where none of us is as smart as all of us
Why go to church? Why do we gather here week after week? We could be sleeping in. We could by enjoying brunch. We could be reading or hiking or doing any one of a long list of things that pass … Continue reading Why do we come to church? To be fed spiritually.
At what cost? That’s the question for today. It’s one I think of when I order eggs and bacon in the morning. You see, for that breakfast, the chicken who provides the eggs makes an important but not too terribly … Continue reading At what cost?
I remember that day well: July 10, 2012. I was sitting in the section reserved for reporters covering the General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. As a reporter, I had a front row seat as the church … Continue reading ‘Just when I need Him most, Jesus is near’
Today we Mark the final Sunday of pride month. Downtown thousand people are gathered for San Francisco’s Annual Pride Parade. Today also marks our final service focused on Pride in 2018. And today we focus on the question of … Continue reading David & Jonathon and Ruth & Naomi and marriage in 2018