October’s Promise

Now that I’m older and maybe wiser, May and October have switched places in my favorites list. October is golden glow. May is buttery yellow. October is realistic. May is false hopes that spring will last forever. October is closer to death and so, it is a spiritual opportunity for us to be more in touch with life. [Read more...]

The Sermon We’re Not Going to Preach: Lectionary Reflection on Luke 18:1-8

In general, individuals and groups don’t admit to themselves that the reason they act or don’t act the way they do is because “I have no fear of God or respect for anyone…” That would be like saying: “I am an irreverent, disrespectful jerk who thinks only of my own convenience and comfort. Don’t expect any justice from me.” Real people and institutions protect themselves (ourselves) with layers of rationalizations, ways we can continue to pursue our lifestyles and sleep well at night while ignoring or downplaying the needs of those beyond our families and friends. [Read more...]

“An Attitude of Gratitude?” Lectionary Reflection on the 10 Lepers: Luke 17:11-19

A friend of mine who is a pastor in Dallas was once teaching Sunday School with a group of children. They were reading this story of the ten lepers. “What do you think about this story?” she asked after she had read it to them. One little girl answered, “Jesus must have been so happy that somebody thanked him!”

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