Of Riches and Rewards

Jesus finally made it out of Galilee this past Sunday on his journey to Jerusalem and the cross. The setting is bleak in Judea beyond the Jordan. I think it looks worse now, thanks to global warming and excessive farming, but it was always “the wilderness,” which was a designation of desolation. There are and were oases that could support …

Playing with Fire

I remember when people began to talk about their “inner child.” Like most people, I thought it sounded ridiculous. Whatever problems we might have, I did not believe an inability for adults to act like children was one of them. Then I went to a therapist that used inner child imaging to really dig around in my psyche. I have …

Signs and Wonders and Real Change

Last week’s passage (Mark 9.14-29) ends with a statement from Jesus that reframes the meaning of the passage, like watching The Sixth Sense. But we hardly notice it because we’ve heard this passage so many times and have cultural construct of faith healings that tells us what it means. We imagine all of Jesus’ healings and exorcisms as a show …

Two Journeys

First, I want to apologize for not writing anything last week. I’m sure everyone was on pins and needles. No, really, I did want to write every day during Lent, so I’m a little behind. The website crashed last week, so my time was spent getting it back instead of adding content to it. It was an inopportune time to …

Love and Death

I’m trying to blog every day during Lent, but have already failed. So, here’s my micro-homily from Ash Wednesday instead: Ash Wednesday is, at a very basic level, the acknowledgement of our own mortality. Usually, this service is about the purgation of sin in preparation for death. But this year, we have the rare blessing that it falls on Valentine’s …

The Revolution of Repentance

Our reading from Martin Luther King on Sunday was an excerpt from a speech he gave at Riverside Church in Harlem on April 4, 1967. It was a speech about the Vietnam War, but, as he often does, he connected his opposition to the war to a broader moral context. He called not only for an end to the war, …

Easy Like Sunday Morning

The last few Sundays, we have started on time. I’m not sure if I’m bragging about that or not. Our stated start time is 11:15, but in the past few years we have slid back to 11:30 or so. We used to say 11 sharp, but when we said that, people showed up at 11 and wanted to chat and …