The Adventurous Lectionary – The Second Sunday in Lent – March 12, 2017

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Second Sunday in Lent – March 12, 2017 Genesis 12:1-42; Psalm 121; Romans 4:1-5; 13-17; John 3:1-17 God’s call is universal and ubiquitous. God is still moving and speaking, and faithfulness to God invites us to be on the move, too! The story of Abraham’s call celebrates forward movement. Despite [Read More…]

Ash Wednesday: A Baby Boomer’s Meditations on Beauty and Mortality

Baby boomers are discovering their mortality. For a while, we lived in the garden, never expecting to grow old, hoping that the “better living through chemistry” that inspired spiritual adventures in the 60’s and 70’s will continue with medications be our fountain of youth now that we are in our 60’s and 70’s. A Jewish [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The First Sunday in Lent – March 5, 2017

The Adventurous Lectionary – The First Sunday in Lent – March 5, 2017 Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7; Psalm 32; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11 Lent is the season of simplicity. The season of getting back to basics, to going from the worship of many things to the worship of the One True God. Lent is a season [Read More…]

Presidents’ Day Reflection: Winnie Pooh, Abe Lincoln, and the Better Angels of Our Nature

I regularly commune with Abraham Lincoln and the residents of the 100 Aker Wood. Now, don’t get me wrong – I don’t hold séances here on Cape Cod, nor do I hear voices from stuffed animals and deceased presidents. But, I do regularly ponder the spirit of Lincoln and my friends from the 100 Aker [Read More…]

WINNIE, EEYORE, AND RADICAL ACCEPTANCE

In the course of writing “The Gospel According to Winnie the Pooh,” I came upon this quote from Star Trek actor George Takei. It captures the spirit of the peaceable realm of the 100 Aker Wood: “One awesome thing about Eeyore is that even though he is basically clinically depressed, he still gets invited to [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Transfiguration of Jesus – February 26, 2017

The Transfiguration of Jesus – February 26, 2017 Exodus 24:12-18, Psalm 2, 2 Peter 1:16-21, Matthew 17:1-9 Epiphany blossoms into theophany, the quest for the revealing God leads to a dramatic manifestation of the divine. The doors of our perception are cleansed, as Aldous Huxley asserts, and we see everything as it is – infinite! [Read More…]

Unbouncing Tigger: When Fear Gets Us Lost and a Stranger is a Blessing

Rabbit is always a little concerned about newcomers. He loves order and is a good organizer. His heart is the right place, most of the time. But, if you stand out, like Kanga, Roo, and Tigger, he thinks you might be a threat and considers ways to get you out of the 100 Aker Wood. [Read More…]

Winnie the Pooh and the Child in Us All

A.A. Milne concludes his Pooh stories with a blessing, “So they went off together. But wherever they go and whatever happens to them on the way, in that enchanted place on the top of the Forest, a little boy and his Bear will always be playing.” Christopher Robin is growing up. He’s learning about adding [Read More…]

Stature, Discomfort, and Empathy: Responding to Erin Straza’s “Comfort Detox”

In the Christian year, we are leaning toward Lent. Lent is the season of simplicity that enables us to widen our hearts so that we can more fully experience the pain and joy of the world and God’s vision for our lives. The Quakers use the term “cumber” to describe the comforts that come to [Read More…]

Is the Bible My Best Friend? Reflecting on Sheila Walsh’s “Bible Storybook”

Sheila Walsh boldly announces that that “the Bible is my best friend” and can be the best friend of every child. As a pastor and professor, who has written several books on various biblical texts, I have a strong respect for scripture. It has been a lamp unto my feet and a light on my [Read More…]