Baptism and Belonging

Acts 8:26-40 I have a new theological toy to play with, and after applying to this week’s text in Acts, I have decided it is rather dangerous. Some toys come with warning labels that say the contents are flammable, that they aren’t meant for children under the age of five due to choking hazards, or … Continue reading Baptism and Belonging

If You Are the Son of God… Matthew 4:1-11

What are you giving up for Lent?  Typical answers include our treats – chocolate, donuts, chocolate donuts, or if you are truly daring, sugar.  Next come our habits – TV (sorry Stephen Colbert and Desperate Housewives), Ipad (no new apps for Lent), multi-tasking (hang on a second, I have a text) or swearing (O crap!).  … Continue reading If You Are the Son of God… Matthew 4:1-11

Baptism, Mystery and Creativity

  Epiphany is a time to celebrate Baptism and the creative Spirit of God, the Spirit that moved in creation in Genesis, who spoke to Jesus in baptism, and we hope moves in our lives.  Do we believe in a Spirit that creates and moves in the world?  How does it work?  Let’s think about … Continue reading Baptism, Mystery and Creativity

John 1:6-8, 19-28 Advent IIIB

There are so many evocative symbols surrounding John the Baptist in the four Gospels.  Each gospel emphasizes a different point of view about John the Baptist.  Mark and Matthew emphasize the prophetic nature of John, noting that he is out in the wilderness eating locusts and wild honey.  They link John the Baptist’s message to … Continue reading John 1:6-8, 19-28 Advent IIIB