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…]

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Seventh Sunday of Epiphany – February 19, 2017

The Adventurous Lectionary – The Seventh Sunday of Epiphany – February 19, 2017 Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18, Psalm 119:33-40, I Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, Matthew 5:38-48 What does it mean to be “holy?” What does it mean to be “perfect?” And, should we ever apply these terms to ourselves? On occasion, my wife refers to me as [Read More…]

Rabbit and the Healing of Xenophobia

One morning the residents of the 100 Aker Wood notice two newcomers, Kanga and Roo. At first, they are objects of curiosity. They look different and have different habits. Then, Rabbit, who loves order and struggles with novelty gets in the mix: “Suddenly we wake up one morning and, what do we find? We find [Read More…]

POOH, PIGLET, AND THE ADVENTURES OF EVERY DAY

Pooh and Piglet walked home thoughtfully together in the golden evening and for a long time they were silent. “When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last,” what’s the first thing you say to yourself?” “What’s for breakfast,” said Pooh. “What you do you say, Piglet?” “I say, I wonder what’s [Read More…]

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…]