The Adventurous Lectionary – The Third Sunday in Lent – March 19, 2017

The Adventurous Lectionary -The Third Sunday in Lent – March 19, 2017 Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95; Romans 5:1-11;. John 4:1-42 Psalm 95 sets the stage for this week’s readings. Joy, gratitude, and trust characterize the Psalmist’s relationship with God. Singing praise for all that God is and what God has done is at the heart [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Second Sunday in Lent – March 12, 2017

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Second Sunday in Lent – March 12, 2017 Genesis 12:1-42; Psalm 121; Romans 4:1-5; 13-17; John 3:1-17 God’s call is universal and ubiquitous. God is still moving and speaking, and faithfulness to God invites us to be on the move, too! The story of Abraham’s call celebrates forward movement. Despite [Read More…]

Ash Wednesday: A Baby Boomer’s Meditations on Beauty and Mortality

Baby boomers are discovering their mortality. For a while, we lived in the garden, never expecting to grow old, hoping that the “better living through chemistry” that inspired spiritual adventures in the 60’s and 70’s will continue with medications be our fountain of youth now that we are in our 60’s and 70’s. A Jewish [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The First Sunday in Lent – March 5, 2017

The Adventurous Lectionary – The First Sunday in Lent – March 5, 2017 Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7; Psalm 32; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11 Lent is the season of simplicity. The season of getting back to basics, to going from the worship of many things to the worship of the One True God. Lent is a season [Read More…]

Presidents’ Day Reflection: Winnie Pooh, Abe Lincoln, and the Better Angels of Our Nature

I regularly commune with Abraham Lincoln and the residents of the 100 Aker Wood. Now, don’t get me wrong – I don’t hold séances here on Cape Cod, nor do I hear voices from stuffed animals and deceased presidents. But, I do regularly ponder the spirit of Lincoln and my friends from the 100 Aker [Read More…]

WINNIE, EEYORE, AND RADICAL ACCEPTANCE

In the course of writing “The Gospel According to Winnie the Pooh,” I came upon this quote from Star Trek actor George Takei. It captures the spirit of the peaceable realm of the 100 Aker Wood: “One awesome thing about Eeyore is that even though he is basically clinically depressed, he still gets invited to [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Transfiguration of Jesus – February 26, 2017

The Transfiguration of Jesus – February 26, 2017 Exodus 24:12-18, Psalm 2, 2 Peter 1:16-21, Matthew 17:1-9 Epiphany blossoms into theophany, the quest for the revealing God leads to a dramatic manifestation of the divine. The doors of our perception are cleansed, as Aldous Huxley asserts, and we see everything as it is – infinite! [Read More…]