Maundy Thursday

We naturally resist help. Our culture has taught us to value independence. If everyone would just take care of themselves, then everyone would be alright.   So, on we march, hiding our limps and wounds, hoping no one will notice us falling behind or apart.   Maybe you’ve asked yourself, “am I the only one... Continue Reading →

Palm Sunday

What’s left? What is left of Jesus after all of this? We started this Lenten journey on the Mt. of Transfiguration. Jesus called his three best to the place where great people from history met God. There three apostles saw Jesus filled with divine light. Where he stopped and the rest of God began was blurred... Continue Reading →

Lent 5

Just as Mary pours her precious potion extravagantly on the feet of Jesus, so God pours the precious life of his son for us

Lent II

Prophets are often rejected because they remind us of how far we are from God’s dream. Yet, Jesus says there is still time to be just that.   We live in a society of virtue signaling and tribalism. We gain prestige in our people groups if we can be the first to denounce this or... Continue Reading →

Baptism of Our Lord

Last week we followed the journey of the wise men to Bethlehem.   We admired their faith and courage to say “yes” to something beyond their comprehension and control. I called this the holy practice of saying “yes.”   This week I want to talk about the holy practice of saying “no.”   No is... Continue Reading →

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

The town, Nazareth, has let Jesus go but has not let Jesus grow. Ultimately, God’s life-changing, love radiating, spirit will come for us all. A prophet has no honor in his hometown. These words have meant much to me as I have, on occasion, gone back to my home parish of St. Paul’s Harlan to preach. It’s... Continue Reading →

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Jesus has revealed his loving, liberating, and life-giving identity through strategic deeds of power. Faith in Christ’s mission to bring shalom will change the world.   Last week we were left with a bit of a cliffhanger. After Jesus calms the wind storm on the sea of Galilee the apostles are kind of like. Uhhh…... Continue Reading →

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