The Baptism of Jesus – January 11, 2014

The Baptism of Jesus – January 11, 2015 Genesis 1:1-5 Psalm 29 Acts 19:1-7 Mark 1:4-11 Today, we celebrate the waters of grace and healing. We rejoice in the waters of the womb of creation, incarnate in our mothers and in Mother Earth. As Masaru Emoto has theorized, water is the blueprint of reality, far [Read More…]

The Second Sunday after the Epiphany – January 18, 2015

Second Sunday after the Epiphany Samuel 3:1-10 Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 I Corinthians 6:12-20 John 1:43-51 There is a joke among members of my denomination, the United Church of Christ. When we announce “God is still speaking,” usually someone responds, “But is anyone listening.” Today’s scriptures are about listening for the voice of God and God’s [Read More…]

Epiphany Sunday – January 4, 2014

The Adventurous Lectionary – Epiphany Sunday – January 4, 2015 Matthew 2;1-15 The Second Sunday of Christmas will also be celebrated as Epiphany Sunday in many congregations. Accordingly, it is appropriate to focus on the spiritual pilgrimages of the magi and the holy family’s flight to Egypt. In both cases, geographical journeys shape spiritual journeys [Read More…]

A Christmas Meditation: It’s All About a Baby!

Christmas Eve 2014 – “It’s All about a Baby” It’s all about a baby! Not just any baby, but at the same time every baby. The birth of the Christ child is not just the property of Christians. John’s gospel proclaims that this child is the light of the world, and that the light of [Read More…]

Why We Need an Incarnation?

Progressive Christians struggle with the stories and theology of the incarnation. Following Rudolf Bultmann, most progressives see the angelic visitation to Mary and the virgin birth as myths reflecting the early church’s affirmation of Jesus’ uniqueness not unlike stories of other political and savior figures. Moreover, most progressives also question Jesus’ metaphysical uniqueness and relationship [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Epiphany Sunday – January 4, 2015

The Adventurous Lectionary – Epiphany Sunday – January 4, 2015 Matthew 2;1-15 The Second Sunday of Christmas will also be celebrated as Epiphany Sunday in many congregations. Accordingly, it is appropriate to focus on the spiritual pilgrimages of the magi and the holy family’s flight to Egypt. In both cases, geographical journeys shape spiritual journeys [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – December 28, 2014 – the First Sunday of Christmas

The Adventurous Lectionary – December 28, 2014 – The First Sunday of Christmas Isaiah 61:10-62:3 Psalm 148 Galatians 4:4-7 Luke 2:22-40 In the midst of my Christmas shopping, I noticed an interesting coffee company ad announcing, “Revelation in a cup.” Today’s readings speak of our ability to notice God in our midst. God is abundant, [Read More…]

The Shark at the Manger

A Shark at the Manger You’ve heard of the shepherds and the magi, the angel chorus, the fourth wise man, and the little drummer boy; but have you heard of the shark at the manger? This year’s Christmas pageant at South Congregational Church on Cape Cod inspired a shark to give homage to the baby [Read More…]

Adventurous Lectionary – December 21, 2014 – The Fourth Sunday of Advent

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Fourth Sunday of Advent – December 21, 2014 Luke 1:26-55 On the Fourth Sunday of Advent, our eyes turn to the call of Mary of Nazareth and her calling to us. Her response to God and her hymn of praise ring out through the ages and serve as a model [Read More…]

Adventurous Lectionary – Advent 3 – December 14, 2014

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Third Sunday of Advent – December 14, 2014 Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 Psalm 126 I Thessalonians 5:16-24 John 1:6-8, 19-28 Good news is coming! The world is being transformed. God’s way is emerging in a troubled world. God’s Spirit is upon all people and the vulnerable, outcast, and lost will experience [Read More…]


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