Can the Fourth of July be a Spiritual Holiday, Too?

Here are some spiritual practices for experiencing the holy amidst the nation’s fireworks. [Read more…]

The Adventurous Lectionary for July 7: Transformation is Right in Front of You

The central question for pastor, congregants, and the congregation as a whole is: Are our choices and behaviors opening us and others to Christ or are they standing in the way of God’s generously given abundance? [Read more…]

The Adventurous Lectionary for June 30: Bold Requests and Challenges

Today’s scriptures assert that God’s realm promises great things, and asks us to be persistent and focused in our quest to be faithful; we may have to let go of familiar relationships and comforts to awaken to the wonders God has in store for us. Sacrifice is essential to living faith, and our sacrifices open us to surprising powers and possibilities. [Read more…]

The Adventurous Lectionary for June 23: Questions That Change the World

Lectionary Reflections for the Fifth Sunday in Pentecost – June 23, 2013 I Kings 19:1-4, 8-15a; Psalm 42 and 43; Galatians 3:23-29; Luke 8:26-39 Questions that Change the World “What are you doing here?” God’s question to frightened Elijah addresses us all.  Why have we taken this path?  What events got us into our current situation or life [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary: Fourth Sunday After Pentecost

The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost – June 16, 2013 I Kings 21:1-10, 15-21a; Psalm 5:1-8; Galatians 2:15-21; Luke 7:36-8:3 Lively Grace and Difficult Justice  Grace abounds, but grace doesn’t nullify the consequences of our personal or corporate actions.  What we do matters and although grace can change the meaning of the past and awaken us to alternative futures, [Read More…]

Seeing the World with the Eyes of the Heart

Walking in beauty is the gift of sight and insight. It is grounded in taking a more leisurely pace, even on busy days. One of my spiritual teachers, Gerald May, counseled the following awakening practice: pause, notice, open, yield and stretch, and then respond [Read more…]

The Adventurous Lectionary: Pentecost 3

Today’s lectionary passages assert that faith opens us to new dimensions of reality and within these new dimensions, miraculous releases of divine energy, congruent with the laws of nature, are released. [Read more…]

The Adventurous Lectionary for June 2, 2013: Truth, Exclusion and Violence

Today’s lectionary readings are challenging for progressive, postmodern, and pluralistic Christians. They also give pause to those who fashion clear boundaries between in and out, righteous and unrighteous, and saved and unsaved. [Read more…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Trinity Sunday

Lectionary Reflections on Trinity Sunday – May 26, 2013 Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31; Psalm 8; Romans 5:1-5; John 16:12-15 Today’s readings speak of a lively, energizing, relational vision of the Trinity, a far cry from the disembodied, abstract, and irrelevant descriptions found in many theological tomes.  The Trinity, along with the Incarnation and the divine presence in history, is [Read More…]

A Vision but Not an Agenda: Responding to Elizabeth Scalia’s “Strange Gods”

I have recently accepted the call to be Pastor of South Congregational United Church of Christ in Centerville, Massachusetts. On a hilltop less than a mile from Craigville Beach in mid-Cape Cod, the setting of this historic congregation is just the other side of paradise.  In the course of the search and call process, I [Read More…]