There seems to be an avoidance of Advent in our world today.

Dear Members and Friends, The extraordinary thing that is about to happen is matched only by the extraordinary moment just before it happens.  Advent is the name of that moment.                                                         -Frederick Buechner, 20th century There seems to be an avoidance of Advent in our world today.  Popular culture is quick to make transitions between seasons, and […]

We never know where God might show up and bring reconciliation, healing, and peace. It might be here. It might be today. It might be now.

Dear Members and Friends, Give us the grace and the impatience to wait for your coming to the bottom of our toes, to the edges of our fingertips.  We do not want our several worlds to end.  Come in your power and come in your weakness in any case and make all things new.  Amen.                           […]

LIVING IN UNCERTAIN TIMES

So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing. -1 Thessalonians 5:11 (Preached on Sunday, November 19, 2017) Scientists are certain that Mount Rainier in Washington state will erupt again someday, causing enormous damage.  It will perhaps equal Mount Rainier’s explosion of 5,000 years ago when 2,000 square miles […]

ARE YOU READY FOR NOW?

But at midnight there was a shout, “Look!  Here is the bridegroom!  Come out to meet him.”                                                                                    -Matthew 25:6 (Preached on Sunday, November 12, 2017) In an act of corporate cooperation, AT&T reached an agreement with the power company in New York City, Con Ed.  The contract stated that whenever power demands exceeded the […]

Today we are bombarded with images, words, videos, photos, experiences, adventures, and so much more.

Dear Members and Friends, I was not trained as a poet.  I’ve never taken poetry lessons.  I’ve never had workshops.  Nobody taught me anything, really much.  But I think that we’re beginning to remember that the first poets didn’t come out of a classroom, that poetry began when somebody walked off of a savanna or […]

On All Saints we affirm that every life bears the image of God.

Dear Members and Friends, November 1st, the veil thinner, and we remember  those who’ve gone to the other side.  Don’t worry,  I say, I’ll be there soon.  But for now, I mark the presence  of their absence, an ache in the throat, a finger  of memory’s pulse.  Light candles to keep out the dark,  to […]

There is a story, apocryphal I am sure, about a wife who went to a therapist in tears.

If anyone boasts, “I love God,” and goes right on hating his brother or sister, thinking nothing of it, he is a liar.  If he won’t love the person he can see, how can he love the God he can’t see?  The command we have from Christ is blunt: Loving God includes loving people.  You’ve […]

GIVING GOD WHAT BELONGS TO GOD

“Caesar’s,” they replied.  “Well, then,” he said, “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.”                   -Matthew 22:21  (Preached on Sunday, October 22, 2017) An enterprising college student placed the following message on his voice mail: “Hi, this is Dave.  If it’s the phone company, I sent the money.  […]

Jesus calls us to resist cultural pressure.

Dear Members and Friends, There are two ways to get enough.  One is to continue to accumulate more and more.  The other is to desire less.                   -G. K. Chesterton, 20th century The best things in life aren’t things.                  -Art Buchwald, 20th century Each of us have choices to make when it comes to how we use our […]