4th Sunday after Pentecost

We are now in the green growing season, sometimes called ordinary time and sometimes called the season after Pentecost.   Unlike the other seasons, this one doesn’t focus on a particular mystery of God. Instead, I feel, it focuses on us. We’ve spent about six months thinking about Jesus and now we spend some time... Continue Reading →

Trinity Sunday

For centuries Christians have known that God is hard to understand.   For millennia our Jewish brothers and sisters have known the same.   Words and reason fall short of describing God.   There is so much to comprehend!   There is so much we don’t know.   There is so much we don’t knowwe... Continue Reading →


Genesis 11:1-9 Psalm 104:25-35, 37 Acts 2:1-21 John 14:8-17, (25-27) God is tired of waiting   Today is an odd day. It is a very important day in the life of the Church but one we don’t think about much. It comes fifty days after Easter. This year it’s in between Memorial Day and the... Continue Reading →

Easter 7

There is a word that gets thrown around a lot in John’s gospel. And even though it’s not used today, it’s what Jesus is talking about.   Abide.   Most of us have some sense of the word.   It’s something like rest, visit, or stay.   It sounds like something we at the lakes... Continue Reading →

Easter 6

I love to talk about how Jesus loves us all.   I love to talk about the unfurling of God’s dream for the world.   I love to talk about justice rolling down like a river.   I am comfortable talking about these things because they can be rationally explained and argued.   I like... Continue Reading →

Easter 5

I had a really good vacation. I was able to go spend a few days in San Jose with Sara’s family.  Sara’s brother John recently opened a BBQ restaurant called QBB. Never has Acts 11 been so important. As I put away rib after rib, I felt a certain sense of solidarity with Peter.  ... Continue Reading →

Easter 2

I want to go ahead and get this out of the way. Raise your hand if you have ever doubted; If you’ve ever felt a feeling of uncertainty or a lack of conviction. My hand is up. I think everybody’s hand is up. Here amidst the great could of witnesses I think I see Mother... Continue Reading →

Easter Morning

Here we are on Easter morning. Like those women at the tomb, this morning makes my voice catch and leaves my tongue slack in my mouth. For centuries preachers across our faith have been left with the task of preaching resurrection This is a morning that is at the periphery of explanation. We cannot quite... Continue Reading →

Maundy Thursday

We naturally resist help. Our culture has taught us to value independence. If everyone would just take care of themselves, then everyone would be alright.   So, on we march, hiding our limps and wounds, hoping no one will notice us falling behind or apart.   Maybe you’ve asked yourself, “am I the only one... Continue Reading →

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