Listening for the Still, Small Voice: Reflections on Kristen Vincent’s book “A Bead and a Prayer”

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“God was not in the wind…God was not in the earthquake…God was not in the fire; and after the fire, the sound of sheer silence.” (I Kings 19:11-12) We are people, used to noise and constant communication that often fragments and distracts rather than unites and focuses. At my local Cape Cod market, I sing [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: Transfiguration Sunday – March 2, 2014

Lectionary Reflections on Transfiguration Sunday Sunday, March 2, 2014 Exodus 24:12-18 Psalm 99 or Psalm 2 2 Peter 1:16-21 Matthew 17:1-9, 14-21 Experiencing the glory of God transforms everything.  The energy of the Big Bang streams forth from Jesus. Moses is enveloped in divine light. Divine energy and the power of God are not neutral: [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary for February 23, 2014

Lectionary Reflections Seventh Sunday after Epiphany February 23, 2014 Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 Psalm 119:33-40 I Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23 Matthew 5:38-48 Today’s readings invite us to consider the nature of divine – and human – holiness and perfection.  As persons and communities, we are called to lives of stature and wholeness, embodying in our day-to-day lives [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary for February 16, 2014

Lectionary Reflections for the Sixty Sunday after the Epiphany – February 16, 2014 Deuteronomy 30:15-20 Psalm 119:1-8 I Corinthians 3:1-9 Joy and wholeness are not accidental in the biblical tradition.  While some people do enjoy the accidents of good fortune, over the long run well-being is related to the quality of our spiritual lives and [Read More...]

The Adventurous Lectionary: Epiphany Sunday, January 5, 2014

Lectionary Reflections on Epiphany Sunday – January 5, 2014 Isaiah 60:1-6 Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14 Ephesians 3:1-12 Matthew 2:1-12 Some congregations will choose to celebrate Epiphany Sunday on January 5, using the readings assigned for the feast of the Epiphany.  This sets the stage for the expansive spirit of Epiphany. Epiphany affirms that God’s revelation is [Read More...]

Can Liberal Christianity Be Saved? A Response to Ross Douthat

As a progressive Christian, I want to thank Ross Douthat for his reflective piece on the future of liberal Protestantism in this past weekend’s New York Times. Those of us who are committed to a robust, open-spirited, spiritually lively Christianity view with dismay the statistics about our movement’s future. We realize that the religious landscape in North [Read More...]


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