Winnie the Pooh and the Need for Alternative Visions

Winnie the Pooh and the Need for Alternative Visions A little over four years ago, I conceived the possibility of a “Gospel According to Winnie the Pooh.” At the time, my wife and I had left bucolic Lancaster, Pennsylvania to return to Washington DC to help my son and daughter in law in the wake [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany – February 12, 2017

The Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany – February 12, 2017 Deuteronomy 30:15-20, Psalm 119:1-8, I Corinthians 3:1-9, Matthew 5:21-37 Today’s scriptures speak of life and death, spiritually, emotionally, physically, and institutionally. Each moment is an opportunity for decision-making. Many paths are available, some leading to abundance and beauty, others to scarcity and ugliness. Our choices [Read More…]

The Adenturous Lectionary – The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany – February 5, 2017

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany – February 5, 2017 Isaiah 58:1-12, Psalm 122:1-10, 2 Corinthians 1-13, Matthew 5:13-20 The Season of Epiphany is no ordinary time. It is the time of God’s revealing – the revealing of God’s vision, the unveiling of hidden truths in unexpected places, and the illuminating of how far we [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany – January 29, 2017

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany – January 29, 2017 Micah 6:1-8; Psalm 15; I Corinthians 1:18-31; Matthew 5:1-12 The biblical tradition is always counter-cultural in spirit. It agitates the comfortable, whether conservative or progressive, by challenging our lifestyles and assumptions. And, conversely, as the saying goes, it also comforts the agitated, those at the margins [Read More…]

A Message for our Leaders on the Eve of the Inauguration: A Heart of Wisdom

A Message for Our Leaders on the Eve of the Inauguration: A Heart of Wisdom Scripture I Kings 3: 5, 7-12 At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask what I should give you.” And now, O LORD my God, you have made your servant king in [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Third Sunday after the Epiphany – January 22, 2017

The Third Sunday after the Epiphany – January 22, 2017 This Sunday, we will gather for worship in the wake of the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States and the Women’s Marches throughout the country. The nation remains divided and while politicians can cling to illusions regarding their election, no politician has [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Second Sunday after the Epiphany – January 15, 2017

The Second Sunday after the Epiphany – January 15, 2017 Isaiah 49:1-7; Psalm 41:1-11; I Corinthians 1:1-9; John 1:29-42 Jesus’ question is a powerful entry point for today’s readings, “What are you looking for?” Jesus query is followed by an equally significant invitation, “come and see.” The spiritual journey involves an adventure of self and [Read More…]

The Baptism of Jesus – January 8, 2017

The Baptism of Jesus – January 8, 2107 Isaiah 42:1-9; Psalm 29; Acts 10:34-43; Matthew 3:13-17 It’s all about water, flowing Jordan waters, waves on Cape Cod shores, the water of the womb, and the waters that nourish our crops and our bodies. Without water, our lives are in danger. We can do without food [Read More…]

The Epiphany of Christ – January 6, 2017

The Epiphany of Our Christ – January 6, 2017 Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12 For many people, Christmas is now a past memory. We are back in ordinary time and the quotidian we’ve returned to seems so ordinary, busy, and challenging. We are tempted to fall back into old ways, succumb [Read More…]

Adventurous Lectionary – First Sunday after Christmas- January 1, 2017

The Adventurous Lectionary – January 1, 2017 – The First Sunday of Christmas Isaiah 63:7-9 Psalm 148 Hebrews 2:10-18 Luke 2:13-23 A new year is upon us. After the revels of the holidays, with extra services and visits, and imaging for the year ahead, I’m taking this Sunday off, leaving it in the capable hands [Read More…]