An Impossible Possibility – Advent 2

Isaiah 11:1-10, Matthew 3:1-12 Advent is the season of impossible possibilities. It is the season of waiting for something beyond belief. Something we cannot imagine, but whose coming will change everything. The hope for a miracle to transform our world is still alive just as it was in the days when Caesar Augustus ruled, and […]

Abundance Enough for All

John 6:1-14 Every so often, I pack our grandchildren’s lunches for school. Little boys can get hungry, and so we pack cheese sticks, sunflower butter and jam sandwiches, little carrots, cut up apples, a cookie, and a thermos of water. And, when we pick up the boys in the afternoon, every last item has been […]

New Creation in a Dangerous World

Isaiah 65:17-25 Luke 21:5-19 At first glance, what a strange combination of scriptures we have in this week’s lectionary readings. We have, first, from Isaiah words of hope and transformation – God is doing a new thing and a glorious new world is on the horizon. And, then we have words attributed to Jesus about […]

Reformation Sunday

Psalm 46 Romans 3:21-24 Mark 10:46-52 When my son was in kindergarten, now over thirty years ago, we often read the Choose Your Own Adventure stories. Do you remember those books? Before high tech computer programs, we would spend hours reading books that involved making choices. Each page involved a choice that would shape a […]

Patience with God

Genesis 32:22-31 Luke 18:1-18 Years ago, I taught a course at Georgetown University called “The Problem of God.” A requirement for first year students, the course was a “problem” to many of them: it challenged their faith as they reflected on why bad things happen to good people, the relationship of Christianity and other religions, […]

The Healing We Need is Right Where We Are

2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15 Luke 17:11-19  Author Susan Sontag asserts that each person has citizenship in two countries – the land of the healthy and the land of the sick. According to Sontag, “Although we all prefer to use only the good passport, sooner or later, each of us is obliged, for at least a […]

Ubuntu on Cape Cod

Luke 16:19-31 Has anyone ever heard the word “ubuntu?” It’s a word from South Africa that became popular in the days of apartheid, especially when it was used by one of the great spiritual leaders of our time, Bishop Desmond Tutu. Basically, it means “I am me because of you.” Or as Bishop Tutu says […]

Until… (an intergenerational sermon)

Luke 15: 1-10 Have you ever lost something really important? Conversation What was it? Conversation If it was really important, how did you feel? Conversation How long did you look for it? Conversation For me, it might be my wallet, a book I’m reading, my cell phone, or a document in my computer whose name […]

Known and Loved

Psalm 139:1-18 Do you have a favorite bible story or verse? Well, today’s reading from Psalm 139 easily falls into my top five favorite passages from the bible. It’s about being known, being loved, and being found. One of my theological and spiritual teachers and mentors is Howard Thurman. Although he’s been dead for nearly […]