Listening for the Still, Small Voice: Reflections on Kristen Vincent’s book “A Bead and a Prayer”

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“God was not in the wind…God was not in the earthquake…God was not in the fire; and after the fire, the sound of sheer silence.” (I Kings 19:11-12) We are people, used to noise and constant communication that often fragments and distracts rather than unites and focuses. At my local Cape Cod market, I sing [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary for August 3, 2014: Wrestling with Jacob

Lectionary Reflections for August 3, 2014 – The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Genesis 32:22-31 Psalm 17:1-7, 15 Romans 9:1-5 Matthew 13:14-21 Encountering the Holy One can leave you feeling wounded as well as blessed. Jacob wrestles with a nocturnal stranger whom he believes to be God, refuses to give up, and receives both a blessing [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary for July 27, 2014 – Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

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Does God give us what we want? Does God speak personally to us, inviting us to share our deepest desires and then receive our heart’s desires? Does God truly reach out intimately to us, inviting us to deeper levels of faith? [Read more...]

Big Enough Desires? Reflections on Jen Pollock Michel’s “Teach Us to Want”

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Jen Pollock Michel’s Teach Us to Want: Longing, Ambition, and the Life of Faith is an honest and insightful book, born of her own experience of responding to the legion of desires characteristic of daily life as a mother, spouse, and professional seeking to be faithful to God’s call. She invites us to explore the [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary for July 20, 2014: Genesis 28:10-19a

Lectionary Reflections for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost – July 20, 2014 Genesis 28:10-19a Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 Romans 8:12-25 Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 The world is chock full of divinity.  You can encounter the holy in the most unlikely places.  Thin places, joining heaven and earth, abound for those for whom the doors of perception have [Read More...]

On Families and Faith: A Response to Mary Eberstadt’s “How the West Really Lost God”

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Our congregations should make families key to our ministries, but we should support the health of families regardless of their constitution. [Read more...]

Saints Everywhere: On Brandon Vogt’s “Saints and Social Justice”

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Although I am a progressive Protestant and by inclination feel some discomfort in setting apart certain people as saints, I found Brandon Vogt’s Saints and Social Justice: A Guide to Changing the World is an inspiring book. While many of the stories of saints belong more to legend than fact, what shines through is that [Read More...]


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