An Amazing Story: The Cosmic Peek-a-Boo

On a recent plane trip, a young child, probably no more than a year old, looked over the seat in front of me to see what I was doing.  I looked up from my book and winked at him and placed my hand my over my face and then uncovered it.  He was delighted and […]

Do Something Small

Life is often overwhelming.  When we see the news, we wonder if we can do anything to change the world.  The recent United Nations climate change report says we are on the brink of ecological collapse, that the deterioration of the environment is escalating and that we may reach a point beyond which there is […]

Do Something Small

Life is often overwhelming.  When we see the news, we wonder if we can do anything to change the world.  The recent United Nations climate change report says we are on the brink of ecological collapse, that the deterioration of the environment is escalating and that we may reach a point beyond which there is […]

The Gospel of Narnia – Beyond the Wardrobe’s Door

Isaiah 55:1-9 When I was a child, I had a special spot in my bedroom.  A place only I could go.  A card table upon which I had placed a large blanket that created a tent and hiding place. The table was my holy place, my refuge, the place I took my dreams and imaginations.  It […]

In the Spirit of St. Patrick

Luke 13:31-35 Today, we celebrate a people of faith with prayer and reflection, not green beer or Irish whiskey.  On St. Patrick’s Day, we embrace the spirituality of Celtic Christians, adventurers of faith, who followed God’s call to share good news in uncharted and dangerous places.  Life was hard for these Celtic pilgrims, but they […]

A Circle of Protection

Luke 4:1-13 I must make a confession today – I like Hallmark movies.  You know the plot – a young man and woman meet, there’s some friction, then they discover they have feelings for each other, a crisis pulls them apart, and then they realize they can’t live without each other, and finally they kiss, […]

Transfigured and Transformed

Luke 9:38-43a In the spiritual world, mountains are identified as holy places. Reaching toward heavens, mountains are places where seekers hear God’s word and receive God’s guidance.  On the mountaintop, Moses met with God and received the Ten Commandments and later viewed the Promised Land of Canaan.  On the mountaintop, Jesus shined like the sun. […]

The Gospel According to Harry Potter

Mark 2:1-5 John 6:1-11         Once upon a time, three children met at school. They were all very different – one was an orphan, unwanted and unloved by his legal guardians, with a history mysterious powers that he had yet to discover; another was a mischief maker, one of several children in the family of a government […]

Downward Mobility

Luke 6:17-26 What does it mean to be blessed?  In Hebrew, the language of Jesus’ faith tradition, one of the words for blessing is “Barackah,” meaning to receive God’s favor, inheritance, joy, and fulfillment.  In the biblical world, blessing is a relational term, grounded in the care a parent has for a child, an elder […]

Follow Your Star, Find Your Dream

A new season is upon us.  It’s not just the merriment and possibility of New Year’s. It’s the season of Epiphany, the season of God’s manifestation and our willingness to experience God in the unexpected places of our lives.  It’s the season of taking new pathways, going home by a different route, with new hopes, dreams, […]