Finding Your Restorative Niche: A Review of Susan Cain’s “Quiet”

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I found Susan Cain’s Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking a great read. Of course, I may be biased. I am an introvert who makes his living moving from the quiet world of reflection and writing to an active life of lectures, retreat leadership, and marketing, not to mention [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

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“For we see in a mirror dimly.” This should be the motto for every theologian and lover. When it comes down to it, given the complexity of human experience and the grandeur of the universe, we don’t know much. [Read more...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: The Third Sunday after Epiphany

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Lectionary Reflections for the Third Sunday after Epiphany – January 27,2013 Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10; Psalm 19; I Corinthians 12:12-31a; Luke 4:14-21 A newly-ordained pastor once told me that her homiletics professor counseled that one should never preach solely on the Psalms. Her professor’s admonition struck me as strange then, and seems misguided to me today insofar as the [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: Reflections on the Wedding in Cana

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In Search of the Miraculous: Reflections on Miracles and the Wedding Feast at Cana Lectionary Reflections for The Second Sunday after Epiphany – January 20, 2013 John 2:1-11 Wondrous acts have been attributed to spiritual leaders, ancient and contemporary.  Gurus, shaman, and healers are, according to followers and, occasionally external observers, able to perform psychic [Read More...]

Dueling with the Demonic: Pondering Farley’s “Operation Screwtape”

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Transforming the demonic is ultimately a work of grace, as Andrew Farley asserts in his new book Operation Screwtape. Our greatest threat is not demonic spirits or institutional evil, but our unwillingness to accept the grace of God and God’s messengers whether angelic, human, or environmental. [Read more...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: The Baptism of Jesus

Lectionary Reflections on The Baptism of Jesus The First Sunday after the Epiphany, January 13, 2013 Isaiah 43:1-7; Psalm 29; Acts 8:14-27; Luke 3:15-17, 21-26 On Being Chosen. Good theological preaching is an art and not a science. While we need to take seriously the sentiments of the Hippocratic Oath, “first do no harm,” in our homiletical adventures, insightful [Read More...]

Finding Angels in Boulders: Marriage, Imagination and Agnosticism

The story is told of the sculptor Michelangelo. One day, a neighbor observed him rolling a large, ugly stone up the hill to his front porch. After pausing a moment to catch his breath, the sculptor got out his hammer and chisel and began to pound on the boulder.  Observing this strange behavior, the neighbor [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: Epiphany Sunday

The Adventurous Lectionary: Epiphany Sunday,  January 6, 2013 This past Fall I was blessed to teach a course on “Whitehead and World Religions,” during my tenure as Visiting Professor of Process Studies at Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Lincoln University.  In each class session, we confronted the reality of spiritual, ethical, and cultural pluralism.  [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: The First Sunday of Christmas

Lectionary Reflections: The First Sunday of Christmas, December 30, 2012 I Samuel 2:18-20, 26; Psalm 148; Colossians 3:12-17; Luke 2:41-52 On the only Sunday in Christmas, my “adventurous lectionary” pays homage to one of my professors Bernard Loomer. If the incarnation means anything today, it points to God’s embodiment in the messiness of our world. God does not draw [Read More...]

The Seven Deadly Sins and the Grace of Interdependence

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If you ever have to read a book about the seven deadly sins, I urge you to read Lawrence S. Cunningham’s The Seven Deadly Sins: A Visitor’s Guide.  What these sins have in common is that they are all about the individual involved – “enough about you; what about me!” To use Luther’s language, they curve [Read More...]