Sermon on the Mount

The Gospel lesson on Sunday looked at the opening verses of the “Sermon on the Mount” in Matthew. I talked about the revolutionary way Jesus was trying to teach the marginalized how to prevent becoming victims. I had two great quotes to support this idea. Several people asked for copies, so I thought I’d share [Read More…]

Founding Mothers

It is amusing how rightwing pundits and politicians frequently refer to the “founding fathers.” Two things amuse me about that. First, they act as if there were no “founding mothers.” Cokie Roberts recently wrote a children’s book by that title, in the hope that young people might grow up free of that illusion. (I wonder [Read More…]

The Underground Church

In his book The Underground Church, my colleague in the United Church of Christ, Robin Meyers writes: The cruelest of American myths is that everyone has exactly the same opportunity to succeed. In the Underground Church we know that the truth can set us free, but only if we speak it and then live it. [Read More…]

“So, Do You Really Think Jesus was a Capitalist?”

My friend the late Peter Gomes used to love to describe a famous New Yorker cartoon that showed two upper class parishioners leaving church and shaking the preacher’s hand. In the caption, the wife, in her fur and jewels, says to her well-heeled husband, “It can’t be easy for him not to offend us.” As [Read More…]

The Beatitudes

The Gospel lesson for Sunday is the Beatitudes. These are some of the favorite verses for many people. When people say that, I silently think, “Well, then you haven’t really understood what Jesus was saying.” Perhaps the message is clearer in Luke 6 where, instead of just saying “Blessed are the …,” Jesus adds some [Read More…]

Jesus Said to the Blind Man, “I’m Sorry But You Aren’t a Westerner.”

Some days it just doesn’t pay to read the paper or the Internet. Almost every day I read something that shocks me about how inhumane humans have become when it comes to wealth and money. Today I read: In 2005, the FDA granted approval for a promising new cancer-fighting drug called Nexavar. Bayer took it [Read More…]

Breaking Barriers

Roger Bannister was an Olympic athlete at a time when track and field experts were convinced that no runner could break the four-minute-mile barrier. Ostensibly, scientists told us that human beings simply can’t run that fast, for that length of time. “Experts” conducted all sorts of studies to prove beyond a doubt that it was [Read More…]

Thought for the day

Every person, just like every church, needs hope and a vision for the future. What are one or two things that you hope to see in the days, weeks, and months ahead? [Read more…]

Children of God, the World is Changing Fast

After spending five days with the wonderful people of the United Church of Canada, it will be good to spend tonight in my own bed. I was so honored to be invited to participate with them and to lead a day-long workshop at the end of the conference. There were many things that struck me [Read More…]

Thought for the day

You cannot teach what you have not learned, and you cannot lead where you have not been. [Read more…]