Love Letter 9

I saw you last night. We were supposed to be having a serious, productive conversation and of course we did, but for those first few minutes I just couldn’t get out of my head how gorgeously, heart stoppingly wonderful it is just to be with you – whatever the reason. It makes my heart dance.  [Read More...]

Love Letter 8

It happens all the time. You open Torah and it lights up in your hands; that only happens because your hands are charged with the Spirit who expands the love in our hearts. You carry the pain of a generation and rather than recoiling from the horror, you only want to learn how we might [Read More...]

Love Letter 7

Dearest One, I could not love all the others if I did not first love you. That’s the thing about the love that binds us and launches us into the world – it expands us and opens our eyes to all the good and true things we will do someday. At the moment when I [Read More...]

Love Letter 6

How could I possible not love you. You’re a man who has dedicated all of his vocational energies to eradicating pain – every kind of pain from a stubbed toe, to a crushed disc, to an interior carrying pain from trauma. Not only do you dedicate all your time to it, you have found some [Read More...]

Love Letter 5

Dear Chahat, The fire in your eyes, the strength in your body, your creative sensitivity, your passionate hope, your incredible embrace – come closer, I want  to know you better so that I can love you more. I love you, Sam [Read more...]

Love Letter 4

You are one of the greatest lovers I know. I’ve got to get better at writing these letters so the whole world can know what is beautiful in the life of a person like you. At the moments of my deepest angst you found a way to touch my soul, to open my eyes so [Read More...]

Love Letter 3

Dear Z, How can one little boy bring so much light and life into the world? It’s like I held you and I knew that the love of God had connected us somewhere deep. You’re little tiny body squirmed a bit but you knew, you knew I loved you and I do. I love you [Read More...]

Love Letter 2

I love you. I have from the day I met you. You are stunningly beautiful. You must get tired of hearing it, (and yet you let me say it and smile when I do). But it’s not that; there are plenty of nice shapes around. My heart doesn’t open to all of them. No, it [Read More...]

Love Letter 1

When I see the joy in your eyes I feel joy in my heart. When you say I love you even in that off-handed way we do I feel a depth connection that makes life right and why? Because you are alive with love, you always have been. The little boy you were was gorgeous, [Read More...]

I’m going to write some love letters.

Declaring our love is a spiritual practice. Perhaps it is the most important practice we can do today. It seems to me that God’s love has been somehow shut up inside me these last months. Maybe that’s why I’ve not written much. So I’ve accepted a challenge from my friend, Marc Gafni, to write a [Read More...]

Divesting in Israel? Not Before We Confess Our Own Sin

Last week the Presbyterian Church (USA), of which I am a member, did two things of note. First, it gave me and my colleagues permission to perform same gender weddings. I would have done them anyway if I’d been asked, but it’s nice to know that now I won’t be tried for heresy or whatever [Read More...]

Why a Woman and a Girl?

Mark’s story about the healing of a woman and a girl raises a question. I get that the number 12 represents the old and new reign of God. I get that the woman was likely poor and the girl was likely rich, but why is this story about females? I didn’t find any commentator that [Read More...]

Legion – Symptoms of an Ailing Society

a sermon about the structures of society arrayed against the power of God – complete mis-match. Also some pretty cool music at the end.   [Read more...]

On the Sea

a sermon about the extraordinary pain of life and the inexplicable hold that God has at the center of it all. [Read more...]