Look over there, it’s Elvis! I mean Jesus!!

Year A – Second Sunday after Epiphany January, 15 2017 Isaiah 49:10 Psalm 40:1-11 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 John 1:29-42 Here we go with week two of this lectionary journey and I’m still not exactly on track for publishing  my post every Tuesday, because exegeting+writing+life=hard y’all. And hell’s bells, at first glance these texts are a [Read More…]

Freaking out and making plans – welcome 2017

Happy New Year my friends, family, neighbors and dearest ne’er-do-wells! Take a deep breath…what’s that smell? Why, that’s the embers of 2016 dying and the crisp clean smell of a brand-spanking new year. And boy is 2017 going to be a doozie or what? I am glad to see last year begin to fade away, but I would [Read More…]

Advent Reflection in a Time of Terror: God is Waiting for US

Advent is the season between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day where Christians mark the days of darkness waiting for the In-Breaking of Peace, waiting for the Incarnation of Love. It is a season for lighting candles in the darkness because we believe Emmanuel, God With Us, will soon shed the light of eternal love and justice on [Read More…]

Lazarus and the miracle of a weeping God

John 11:1-45 The lights were dimmed softly when I walked into the room.  There were twenty or so people in the room, gathered in a lumpy circle around someone I could not clearly see.  As the circle parted slightly to allow me to join them I saw a young mother, sitting in a rocking chair [Read More…]

A hard lesson about hospitality

A reflection on Mark 6:1-13 previously preached, in slightly different form, at Kirkwood UCC a couple of summers ago.   Although we’re just a couple of weeks into June, here in the south it already feels like we are deep in the thick of summer. It brings back tangible memories of the hot summers of my childhood. Oh – [Read More…]