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...]

Hope in the Midst of Despair: God is Digging a Tunnel

On Saturday afternoon, I was almost in tears after hearing on NPR that the long awaited breakthrough to the Chilean miners trapped since August has been made.  Their rescue is still some days away, but the hope this breakthrough represents is huge.  There is so much bad news reported in the press that I think [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...]


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