Let’s Go for a Walk: Reflections on The Road to Emmaus

Lectionary Reflections for May 4, 2014 Luke 24:13-35 Easter is about embodied movement. Resurrection moved the cells as well as the soul of Jesus, and the cells and souls of his followers. Resurrection still gets us out of our comfort zones and calls us to the open road, spiritually, ethically, and sometimes physically. I love [Read More…]

Just Breathe! Lectionary Reflections for April 27, 2014

Lectionary Reflections for the Second Sunday of Easter April 27 2014 John 20:19-31 And Jesus breathed on them, and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” This is something we want to hear personally and in our churches. The Spirit blows where it wills and wherever it blows, it brings new life and vitality. We need that [Read More…]

Resurrection Without Supernaturalism

There is no getting around Easter if you belong to the Jesus movement. Jesus’ first followers were transformed by their encounters with the Risen Christ. Once fearful, they became courageous; once uncertain, they became confident in that Jesus was unique, the savior of humankind, victorious over sickness, sin, and death. The power of the resurrection [Read More…]

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…]


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