Rabbit and the Healing of Xenophobia

One morning the residents of the 100 Aker Wood notice two newcomers, Kanga and Roo. At first, they are objects of curiosity. They look different and have different habits. Then, Rabbit, who loves order and struggles with novelty gets in the mix: “Suddenly we wake up one morning and, what do we find? We find [Read More…]

POOH, PIGLET, AND THE ADVENTURES OF EVERY DAY

Pooh and Piglet walked home thoughtfully together in the golden evening and for a long time they were silent. “When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last,” what’s the first thing you say to yourself?” “What’s for breakfast,” said Pooh. “What you do you say, Piglet?” “I say, I wonder what’s [Read More…]

Winnie the Pooh and the Need for Alternative Visions

Winnie the Pooh and the Need for Alternative Visions A little over four years ago, I conceived the possibility of a “Gospel According to Winnie the Pooh.” At the time, my wife and I had left bucolic Lancaster, Pennsylvania to return to Washington DC to help my son and daughter in law in the wake [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany – February 12, 2017

The Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany – February 12, 2017 Deuteronomy 30:15-20, Psalm 119:1-8, I Corinthians 3:1-9, Matthew 5:21-37 Today’s scriptures speak of life and death, spiritually, emotionally, physically, and institutionally. Each moment is an opportunity for decision-making. Many paths are available, some leading to abundance and beauty, others to scarcity and ugliness. Our choices [Read More…]

The Adenturous Lectionary – The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany – February 5, 2017

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany – February 5, 2017 Isaiah 58:1-12, Psalm 122:1-10, 2 Corinthians 1-13, Matthew 5:13-20 The Season of Epiphany is no ordinary time. It is the time of God’s revealing – the revealing of God’s vision, the unveiling of hidden truths in unexpected places, and the illuminating of how far we [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany – January 29, 2017

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany – January 29, 2017 Micah 6:1-8; Psalm 15; I Corinthians 1:18-31; Matthew 5:1-12 The biblical tradition is always counter-cultural in spirit. It agitates the comfortable, whether conservative or progressive, by challenging our lifestyles and assumptions. And, conversely, as the saying goes, it also comforts the agitated, those at the margins [Read More…]

A Message for our Leaders on the Eve of the Inauguration: A Heart of Wisdom

A Message for Our Leaders on the Eve of the Inauguration: A Heart of Wisdom Scripture I Kings 3: 5, 7-12 At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask what I should give you.” And now, O LORD my God, you have made your servant king in [Read More…]