A Pause for Contemplation: The Mystery of Holy Saturday

During Holy Week, most of us focus on the palms, the passion, and the resurrection. The movement from celebrate to desolation and surprising celebration again characterizes not only Holy Week but the realities of a meaningful life. We can’t escape suffering but our suffering is often transformed into joy by surprising events or unexpected insights [Read More…]

Living a Holy Week

Holy Week is a lifetime in miniature. It goes from celebration to conflict, betrayal, suspense, and then back to a celebration that lasts a lifetime. As the commercial says, “life comes at you fast,” and so does Holy Week. We almost need a month to let the events of Holy Week sink in spiritually and [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary: Palm Sunday – April 13, 2014

Lectionary Reflections for Palm Sunday April 13, 2014 Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 Philippians 2:5-11 Matthew 21:1-11 This year, we’re celebrating Palm Sunday at my church, South Congregational (UCC) in Centerville, MA, on Cape Cod.  No passion readings; just celebration with a hint of what is to come later in the week with the final hymn, “Were [Read More…]

C. S. Lewis and the Gift of Perspective: A Conversation with Alister McGrath

I read Alister McGrath’s If I Had Lunch with C.S. Lewis (now featured in the Patheos Book Club) in light of the current religious and cultural polarization of our time. The United Methodist Church is conducting trials to discipline pastors who perform same sex marriages. Religious leaders protest the showing of the film Noah because they [Read More…]

Dana Trent’s ‘Saffron Cross” and the Emergence of 21st Century Inter-spirituality

A number of years ago, in the course of teaching a class in Wesley Theological Seminary’s Lay School, I discovered that virtually all my students had experience in various forms of complementary and global medicine and none of them had shared this with her or his pastor. These were not back row Christians but moderators, [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary for March 30, 2014

Lectionary Reflections for the Fourth Sunday in Lent – March 30, 2014 I Samuel 16:1-13 Psalm 23 Ephesians 5:8-14 John 9:1-41 Today’s scriptures speak of light and darkness, and sight and blindness. They are metaphorical in nature, and must be understood in terms of the full humanity of persons of color and sight-impaired people. Darkness [Read More…]

Heavenly Minded and Earthly Good: A Response to Steve Berger’s Between Heaven and Earth

Steve Berger, pastor and author of the new book Between Heaven and Earth, is heaven-obsessed. In light of his own family’s tragedies and the imperfections of human life, he sees heaven as his true home and the hope of heaven shapes his every decision. For Berger, the hope of heaven gives him a larger perspective. The [Read More…]

The Church in an Era of Digital Pluralism: On Clint Schnekloth’s “Mediating Faith”

The church needs to be both in and of the emerging transmedia technologies, while presenting its own ancient-future-now vision. [Read more…]

Mature Discipleship and the Way of Blessing: Reflections on Ron Rolheiser’s “Sacred Fire”

Reflections on Ronald Rolheiser’s new book Sacred Fire: A Vision for a Deeper Human and Christian Maturity There are many spiritual pathways for the many seasons of our lives, for our personal contexts, gender and sexual orientation, and personality types. A personal God has a personal relationship with every creature. God’s center is everywhere and focuses [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary: The Third Sunday in Lent, March 23, 2014

Lectionary Reflections Third Sunday in Lent March 23, 2014 Exodus 17:1-7 Psalm 95 Romans 5:1-11 John 4:5-42 (4:5-15, 27-38) We all need living waters. We need spiritual and relational resources that refresh and transform our lives. God is willing to give us what we need for spiritual transformation in challenging times; we need to open [Read More…]


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