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. […]

Mothers and Sons

Luke 1:46-55 Matthew 11:2-11 In the rabbinical tradition, there is a type of literature known as “midrash.” As they read scripture, the rabbis recognized that holy words create as many questions as answers and leave much unsaid. They believed that scripture was a living document, sacred yet evolving over time to respond to new situations […]

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 […]