Big Enough Desires? Reflections on Jen Pollock Michel’s “Teach Us to Want”

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Jen Pollock Michel’s Teach Us to Want: Longing, Ambition, and the Life of Faith is an honest and insightful book, born of her own experience of responding to the legion of desires characteristic of daily life as a mother, spouse, and professional seeking to be faithful to God’s call. She invites us to explore the [Read More...]

Just Breathe! Lectionary Reflections for April 27, 2014

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Lectionary Reflections for the Second Sunday of Easter April 27 2014 John 20:19-31 And Jesus breathed on them, and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” This is something we want to hear personally and in our churches. The Spirit blows where it wills and wherever it blows, it brings new life and vitality. We need that [Read More...]

C. S. Lewis and the Gift of Perspective: A Conversation with Alister McGrath

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I read Alister McGrath’s If I Had Lunch with C.S. Lewis (now featured in the Patheos Book Club) in light of the current religious and cultural polarization of our time. The United Methodist Church is conducting trials to discipline pastors who perform same sex marriages. Religious leaders protest the showing of the film Noah because they [Read More...]

The Elvis in All of Us: Responding to “The Seeker King: The Spirituality Biography of Elvis Presley”

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There is a saying, “God is like Elvis, you see God everywhere.” In light of Gary Tillery’s The Seeker King, we might say “We are like Elvis, you’ll see us everywhere.”  Elvis Presley once admitted, “All I want is to know the truth, to know and experience God. I’m a searcher, that’s what I’m all about.”  [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary for December 15, 2013 (Advent 3)

Lectionary Reflections for the Third Sunday in Advent  December 15, 2013 Isaiah 35:1-10 Luke 1:46b-55a James 5:7-10 Matthew 2:1-11 Healing the World  Advent is a time for hopeful transformation.  Creation and humankind lean toward wholeness; creation groans and so do we.  God is at world in all things, restoring the broken, healing the sick, and welcoming [Read More...]

When Small Things Lead to Great Adventures: A Response to Laura Sumner Truax’s Undone

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I am daily reminded of the truths revealed in chaos theory’s metaphorical “ butterfly effect.” According to the butterfly effect, small actions, such as a butterfly flapping its wings in Santa Cruz, California, where I played as a high school and college student, can shape the weather patterns in Cape Cod, where now I live, [Read More...]

God and the Global Public Square: A Response to Os Guinness’ The Global Public Square

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Although I come from the progressive theological and political wing of the Christian family, I always appreciate Os Guinness’ reflections. I am very appreciative of his new book The Global Public Square. Though I take a slightly different path, I find his reflections typically spot on in their assessment of social and cultural trends. As a pastor [Read More...]


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