The Adventurous Lectionary – Fifth Sunday in Lent


What is the “next great thing” that God is injecting into the realm of possibility? Will we have the courage and insight to recognize a pathway in the wilderness and journey with God in creating a way where there was no way?

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The Practices of Lent


Lent involves becoming aware of the detritus – whether we call it sin, imperfection, ambiguity, lack of commitment, dis-ease, guilt, and shame – that stands in the way of celebrating divine abundance in ourselves and the world. [Read more...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Fourth Sunday in Lent


Joshua 5:9-12; Psalm 32; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 When I reflected this week on Jesus’ parable of the lost son (popularly known as the prodigal son), my mind wandered to Bob Dylan’s classic “Like a Rolling Stone,” the story of a young woman’s fall from a life of ease to a hardscrabble life on the streets, [Read More...]

Cultivating a Holy Imagination: A Review of “C.S. Lewis, A Life”


Contrary to public opinion both among critics and many Christians, Christian faith is intended to be imaginative rather than restrictive.  Some people obviously believe some version of the following, “The Bible says it, I believe it, and that settles it.”  But, such understanding of scripture and the Christian life makes the words of scriptures dead [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: The Third Sunday of Lent


God is graceful, but should we watch our step around God? Can grace and fury both characterize God’s experience? [Read more...]

The Questions of Lent: Mindfulness, Repentance, and Transformation


One of my spiritual teachers, Gerald May, describes the spiritual journey in terms of taking time to pause, notice, open, yield and stretch, and respond.  This is good Lenten advice. Lent is about mindfulness and opening to our current reality in all its fullness. A few wise colleagues responded to last week’s Lenten question – [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Second Sunday in Lent

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Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18; Psalm 27; Philippians 3:17-4:1; Luke 13:31-35 The Quakers have a saying “a way will be made.” A variation of this is the affirmation that “God makes a way where there is no way.” Out of apparent scarcity, abundance emerges. Where there appears to be a dead end, a path appears. When we hit bottom, we [Read More...]

Saving the World One Person at a Time: A Review of Refuse To Do Nothing


Moore and Yim did the remarkable: they heard about slavery and sex trafficking and chose to respond. They recognized that what appeared to be their powerlessness was in fact the seed bed of transformation. [Read more...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The First Sunday in Lent

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What are our temptations? What will keep us from following God’s vision for our lives? What good things do we need to defer to achieve greater things? [Read more...]

Practicing a Progressive Lent: Simplicity and Celebration

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I don’t go in very much for penitence. I don’t focus much on sin; its reality is much too obvious and frankly most people emphasize small lapses, too often feeling guilty about small peccadillos, rather than concentrating on the social evils that daily destroy families, lead to violence in schools, and contribute to planetary climate [Read More...]