Lent 2018 “Hope in Our Captivity”

What binds you and keeps you from your deepest self?  I can make a big list: Distractions, limited thinking about possibilities, self-deception about weaknesses, fear of failure, fear of success, despair, old failures, unresolved guilt, a sense of being powerless in a situation. It is a wonder a make any progress against these foes.  And … Continue reading Lent 2018 “Hope in Our Captivity”

“When the Light Breaks Out”

So Jesus is talking with Moses and Elijah, and I want to know what they were talking about? Was it like clergy meetings where stories are told of difficult people or theology is parsed and argued over? Were they bemoaning the challenges of people who say they are "spiritual but not religious," or wondering if … Continue reading “When the Light Breaks Out”

“Have You Not Heard, Grasshopper?”

Sermon on  Isaiah 40:21-31 Is the sky blue?  Is the Pope Catholic?  Why do people ask questions which they don’t expect to be answered?  Sometimes a question can underscore the point better than the statement of a fact.  For example: “How many roads must a man walk down before you call him a man?” The … Continue reading “Have You Not Heard, Grasshopper?”

Its All About the Donkey

Let’s talk about the donkey.  I know Jesus is the big star of Palm Sunday (and every Sunday!) but supporting characters deserve their due.  (After all, it was Gilligan’s Island, not Ginger’s Island.)   I think this should be called Donkey Sunday rather than Palm Sunday.   Here is my case. Tuesday morning I put all four … Continue reading Its All About the Donkey

Necessary Losses

You can lose a lot of things. You can lose your mind, your memory or your marbles. Your confidence, self-esteem or your mojo. You may lose your way, your place or you can even lose face; Your reputation, self-respect, manhood or virginity. You can lose sleep, time or your prime. You may also fail, suffer … Continue reading Necessary Losses

Jonah: How Great Satire Can Lead us to Discipleship

Here’s how I like to think of Jonah’s story.  This is Homer’s Odyssey of an epic adventure if it was written by Woody Allen, played by Billy Crystal or John Stewart.  This should be the next big epic Bible movie, we’ve had Russell Crowe as Noah and Moses played by Batman, so why not Billy … Continue reading Jonah: How Great Satire Can Lead us to Discipleship

Speak for Your Servant is Listening

I Samuel 3:1-20 Think for a moment about the most important things that have happened in your life.  Were they researched, chosen, and carefully planned?  Did it involve check lists, deadlines and clearly defined targets?  Or did it feel more like something chose you?  On your road to one journey you were sidetracked into something … Continue reading Speak for Your Servant is Listening

Mark 8:27-38 “Who Do You Say That I Am?” Lent 2B

Lent is here and already I am behind. I simultaneous long for these seasons and the spiritual gifts that blossom from introspection, and I fear them for the very same reason. Several weeks ago I was very excited about this series on Viktor Frankl and the meaning of suffering, but as challenges mount in my life, I … Continue reading Mark 8:27-38 “Who Do You Say That I Am?” Lent 2B

Christmas Eve – Be Not Afraid

Be not afraid.  Easier said than done, because life often scares the beejezus out of us.  Just ask Matt Lloyd, a climber who likes to scale ice sheets-for fun!  In a Climbing Magazine article Matt wrote: I was in Vail, Colorado, climbing a spectacular 90-foot curtain of ice…. It had formed a thin, fragile pillar … Continue reading Christmas Eve – Be Not Afraid

How to Survive the Apocalypse

When Jeanne came home from the grocery store with a case of white beans, a case of wine, and candles, she joked, “I am prepared for the apocalypse!”   In general, when we hear about people building bomb shelters, stockpiling canned food, guns and ammunition, we think they are paranoid.  Some days we think they may … Continue reading How to Survive the Apocalypse