God’s Power and Human Suffering

John 9:1-7 Being a minister at a wedding reception has certain occupational hazards. I had just completed a wedding at Georgetown University’s chapel and had adjourned with the guests to enjoy drinks and hor d’oeuvres at a local bistro. As I was munching on one of those scallops wrapped in bacon that are often featured […]

There is No Other

John 4:1-26 As many of you know, most mornings I walk on the beach at sunrise and for decades now, I begin my day with prayer and meditation and then continue my reflections as I go for a walk, whether I am the beach, a big city, or the wilderness. One summer, Kate, Matt, and […]

For God so Loved the World, No Exceptions

John 3:1-17 Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night, with your mind whirling about some important question, or a problem that’s bothering you? Do you ever feel embarrassed to bring up a question, for fear you’ll be thought stupid or judged by others? I suspect that’s what’s going on in the […]

Listen to Your Life

Matthew 4:1-11 When I was a boy, a Sunday evening staple for American families was Walter Cronkite’s “Twentieth Century,” the precursor to today’s “Sixty Minutes.” In the final years of the show’s life, the title was changed to the “Twenty-first Century” as it focused on what viewers could expect 40 years into the future. One […]

Live Like Your Dying

Deuteronomy 30:15-20 Matthew 5:21-37 What would you do if you only had a year to live? What would be important to you? What kind of legacy would you want to leave the next generation and beyond? These questions emerge when you or a loved one is diagnosed with a life threatening illness or when you […]

Love Like a Lighthouse

Isaiah 58:1-12 Matthew 5:14-16 “Let your light shine in the world, so that men and women may see your good works, and give glory to God in heaven.” Here on Cape Cod, we know how important a lighthouse can be. On a dark night, with gale force winds whipping and waves churning, ships can lose […]

Countercultural Blessings

Micah 6:1-8, Matthew 5:1-12 Rob Johnson was a regular kid. He played sports, got good grades, and had lots of friends. He wasn’t a goody two shoes. But one day, he got fed up with his classmates – in the locker room, people hurled words about persons of color and girls that were, to him, […]

Big Dreams, Large Visions

Isaiah 49:1-7, I Corinthians 1:4-9, John 1:35-42 One of the most important questions in life is the question of vocation – who am I and what is my calling in life? Why was I born and what is life asking of me in the here and now as well as the long haul? In his […]

The Gift of Belonging

The Gift of Belonging Acts 10:1-23, 34-35, 44-48 Matthew 3:13-17 Over the next several weeks, I will be reflecting on four components of our journey of faith, “belonging, believing, behaving, and blessing.” They seem appropriate for the season of Epiphany. Epiphany is the season of revelation. Long before people invoked, “I just had an epiphany” […]

Joy to the World: A Christmas Day Meditation

The little boy had been waiting forever. He couldn’t quite imagine what was coming as his mom kept getting bigger and bigger and his dad and mom moved new furniture into the spare room. “You’re going to have a baby brother,” they regularly reminded him. “You’re going to be a great big brother,” they affirmed. […]