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March 19, 2019

LENT 2 | Gen 15:1-18; Phil 3:17-4:1; Lk 13:31-35

The letter from St. Paul that we just read a portion of was written to the Christians in the city of Phillipi. It is clear from this letter that Paul has a lot of affection for Philippi, where one of the earliest gentile...

October 28, 2018

REFORMATION SUNDAY | Ps 46; Rom 3:19-28; Jn 8:31-36

I’ve been teaching spiritual direction for more than fifteen years, now. Most of my students arrive on their first day thinking they’ll learn a set of skills, then they’ll go forth and use those skills. And…they’re not...

October 14, 2018

REMEMBRANCETIDE 3 | Heb 4:12-16; Mk 10:17-31

In the Chuang Tzu, the second-most important book in Taoism, we read the story of Prince Wen Hui’s cook:

The cook was cutting up an ox. Out went a hand, down went a shoulder. He planted a foot, he pressed with a knee, the ox f...

September 9, 2018

PENTECOST 16 | James 2:1-10, 14-17; Mk 7:24-37

When I first started to study Buddhism seriously, one of the most difficult concepts to wrap my head around was the cultivation of indifference. This is often the way the Pali word “upekkha” is translated, and it has caused...

August 26, 2018

PENTECOST 14 | Eph 6:10-20

As many of you know this summer Lisa and I went to Eastern Europe for our vacation. We were looking forward to seeing Prague, Vienna, and Budapest, and those cities did not disappoint. The wildcard of our trip was Sarajevo. We were only going...

August 12, 2018

PENTECOST 12 | 1 Kings 19:4-8; Ps 34:1-8; Eph 4:25-5:2; sub. Mat 7:9-11

As many of you have heard, last week Lisa and I came home from a wonderful, much-needed Eastern European vacation, and I immediately wound up flat on my back from dysentery. Egad. For me, this was k...

July 9, 2018

2 Cor 12:2-10; Mk 6:1-13

As many of you know, I grew up in a devout Southern Baptist home. We went to church every time the doors were open—Sunday morning services, Sunday evening services, Tuesday night visitation, Wednesday night prayer meeting, Friday night youth gro...

July 2, 2018

Ps 30; Mk 5:21-43

The decision to become a pastor in the United Church of Christ was complicated. First, the relationship of our parish with the UCC was complicated. Also, I wasn’t sure it was a good fit for me, liturgically. But I was faced with a bit of a professional...

May 31, 2018

TRINITY SUNDAY | Is 6:1-8; Rom 8:12-17; Jn 3:1-17

Once upon a time, I used to be a Unitarian. It’s true. I used to belong to the Church of the Greater Fellowship, which is special non-geographical UU parish for those who cannot, for some reason, attend regular services....

May 21, 2018

PENTECOST 2018 | Acts 2:1-21; Rom 8:22-27; Jn 15:26-27, 16:4b-15

Blaise Pascal was a scientist and theologian in the 17th century—back then, you were allowed to be both. Among his idiosyncrasies was the fact that he had sewn a piece of parchment into his coat, a note th...

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