All Embracing Spirit

Acts 2:1-21 During the Pentecost Season, the longest season of the Christian year, we celebrate God’s enlivening and unifying Spirit. We need this Spirit now more than ever.  No people have been more global than persons in the 21stcentury.  In real time, we can see photos of flames at Notre Dame, villages bombed in Yemen, […]

A Mighty Wind Has Blown

Acts 2:1-12 “Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away!” So begins Theodore Geisel, Dr. Suess, in his book for all ages “All the Places You’ll Go.”  It’s summer, schools out, holidays on the horizon, let’s go. It was fifty days after Easter, and the women and men who […]

God is Still Speaking: Reading the Bible Biblically

John 20:21-22 2 Timothy 3:14-17  Reading the Bible can be hazardous to your health. The story is told of a man who sought guidance from scripture: he believed the Holy Spirit would lead him to truth, if he just picked a few scriptures randomly from the Bible.  And so he closed his eyes, opened the Bible, […]

The Gospel According to Dr. Suess

Exodus 3:1-12 “A person’s a person, no matter how small.” It happened on May 15 and Horton the Elephant was swimming.  He heard a small noise…He looked this way and that but couldn’t see anything.  It was then he heard a noise coming from a small speck of dust floating through the air. “I’ll help […]

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, […]