Year C: Last Sunday in Pentecost

This Sunday is officially called “The Last Sunday in the Season after Pentecost” but it also goes by “Christ the King Sunday.” It is a day we reflect on those words from Paul to the Philippians, “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth,... Continue Reading →

Proper 9 Year C

I recently saw someone singing the praises of the bullet journal on Twitter.   This is not a keepsake book used to record different kinds of bullet shells, it is one of many products marketed to people who have more on their plates than they know what to do with.   As a culture we... Continue Reading →

4th Sunday after Pentecost

We are now in the green growing season, sometimes called ordinary time and sometimes called the season after Pentecost.   Unlike the other seasons, this one doesn’t focus on a particular mystery of God. Instead, I feel, it focuses on us. We’ve spent about six months thinking about Jesus and now we spend some time... Continue Reading →

Trinity Sunday

For centuries Christians have known that God is hard to understand.   For millennia our Jewish brothers and sisters have known the same.   Words and reason fall short of describing God.   There is so much to comprehend!   There is so much we don’t know.   There is so much we don’t knowwe... Continue Reading →

Pentecost

Genesis 11:1-9 Psalm 104:25-35, 37 Acts 2:1-21 John 14:8-17, (25-27) God is tired of waiting   Today is an odd day. It is a very important day in the life of the Church but one we don’t think about much. It comes fifty days after Easter. This year it’s in between Memorial Day and the... Continue Reading →

Easter 7

There is a word that gets thrown around a lot in John’s gospel. And even though it’s not used today, it’s what Jesus is talking about.   Abide.   Most of us have some sense of the word.   It’s something like rest, visit, or stay.   It sounds like something we at the lakes... Continue Reading →

Easter 6

I love to talk about how Jesus loves us all.   I love to talk about the unfurling of God’s dream for the world.   I love to talk about justice rolling down like a river.   I am comfortable talking about these things because they can be rationally explained and argued.   I like... Continue Reading →

Easter 5

I had a really good vacation. I was able to go spend a few days in San Jose with Sara’s family.  Sara’s brother John recently opened a BBQ restaurant called QBB. Never has Acts 11 been so important. As I put away rib after rib, I felt a certain sense of solidarity with Peter.  ... Continue Reading →

Easter 2

I want to go ahead and get this out of the way. Raise your hand if you have ever doubted; If you’ve ever felt a feeling of uncertainty or a lack of conviction. My hand is up. I think everybody’s hand is up. Here amidst the great could of witnesses I think I see Mother... Continue Reading →

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