Living a Holy Adventure – Fifth Sunday of Easter – May 3, 2015

The Fifth Sunday of Easter Acts 8:26-40 Psalm 22:35-41 I John 4:7-21 John 15:1-8 Today’s scriptures are mystical, energetic, and empowering. Angels inspire and divine energy flows, giving life to all creation and fruitfulness to persons of faith. Revelation is unbounded and democratic. The Pentecost spirit is unconstrained and flows to all people. An angel [Read More...]

Everyone Belongs to God: A Response to Christoph Blumhardt


A Response to Everyone Belong to God, by Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt (Plough Publishing House, 2015) One of my preaching mentors Ernie Campbell once said that “there are only two kinds of people in the world: those who are in God’s hands and know it and those who are in God’s hands and don’t.” Christoph Friedrich [Read More...]

Creating a Space for Grace: Responding to Terry Hershey


I always enjoyed Terry Hershey’s segments on Hallmark Channel’s “New Morning.” He spoke of beauty and the need for space simply to take in the wonders of life. He spoke of the need for sanctuary in the midst of busy days and challenging commitments. His book Sanctuary: Creating a Space for Grace in Your Life [Read More...]

Adventurous Lectionary – Fourth Sunday of Easter – April 26, 2015

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Fourth Sunday of Easter – April 26, 2015 Acts 5:4-12 Psalm 23 I John 3:16-24 John 10:11-19 Today’s readings portray the interrelationship of theology, spirituality, and ethics. The Christian life is defined by God’s love for humankind and reflected in God’s suffering love in Jesus. Jesus’ suffering transforms the world [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Third Sunday of Easter – April 19, 2015

The Third Sunday of Easter – April 19, 2015 Acts 3:12-19 Psalm 4 I John 3:1-7 Luke 4:36b-48 Resurrection is always life-shattering and beyond belief. Luke describes the disciples’ incredulity at encountering the Risen Christ. They have just heard of Jesus’ encounter with Cleopas and his friend at Emmaus and are astounded. In the midst [Read More...]

The Healing Power of Doubt: Responding to ‘Runaway Radical’


Amy and Jonathan Holligsworth’s Runaway Radical is a disturbing text. I was angry as I read about how religious leaders destroyed a young man’s spiritual idealism by manipulation, authoritarianism, and absolutism. As I prepare for next week’s sermon, I’ve been reading the story of Thomas the disciple. Thomas gets a bad rap for his willingness to [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary – Second Sunday of Easter – April 12, 2015

The Second Sunday of Easter Acts 4:32-35 Psalm 133 I John 1:1-2:2 John 20:19-31 Today’s scriptures have too much going on to cover in just one sermon. They could easily be part of a sermon series on practices of Easter. The inspirational preacher needs to be selective about choosing her or his focus among themes [Read More...]

Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday Acts 10:34-43 Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 I Corinthians 15:1-11 Mark 16:1-8 and John 20:1-18 This is the day that God has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it! This is the heart of the Easter proclamation – God’s new thing, the divine creativity that brings forth new life with every new day, [Read More...]

A Naturalistic Resurrection

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...]

Practicing Resurrection in an Ambiguous World

Affirming the resurrection doesn’t come easy for many of us. Frankly, many of us find it difficult to celebrate life these days. Holy Saturday, the time of uncertainty and waiting, the experience of suspense and the provisional nature of life, seems a far more realistic assessment of the human and cosmic condition than the bursting [Read More...]