Putting Yourself in God’s Place (Presentation of Jesus)

What is your sacred space?  Or as some say, what is your happy place? Where is the place where you feel most at home, where you go to contemplate, to find peace, to gain a larger perspective, to hear God’s voice amid all the conflicting voice? For some, it’s a well-known place like Sedona, Arizona; […]

When God Calls

I Samuel 3:1-10 Matthew 4:12-23 What would you do if God spoke to you?  Well, the Bible says that God speaks to people all the time, and sometimes God speaks to children. Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night?  You hear a strange noise and you’re wide awake. That’s what happened […]

We Have Every Spiritual Gift

I Corinthians 1:1-9 When his letter arrived, Christian community at Corinth must have been surprised by Paul’s opening words.  “I am grateful for God’s work in your lives, God will keep you steadfast, you have every gift you need.”  Some must have thought, he’s being ironic or he’s got to be kidding.  The Corinthian church […]

Epiphany – home by another way

Isaiah 60:1-6 and Matthew 2:1-12 I feel a kinship with the Persian Magi who visited Jesus.  Not just because I would be categorized as a type of Magi today, a scholar, teacher, and spiritual leader, but because every morning around 4:30 a.m. right after I wake up I go out into my backyard and stargaze.  […]

Christmas with the Grinch

Virtually everyone loves Christmas stories.  When I was a child, every year we saw Charles Dickens’ “Christmas Carol.”  You know, the story of a man who was mean and greedy, and who thought the only important thing in life was money, until he was confronted by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future, and […]

Fruits or Righteousness

There’s a poster I’ve encountered over the years that asks the question: “If you were arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?” The poster implies that being a Christian is more about what we do and who we are than what we believe.  While theology and belief are important, […]

The Hope That is in Us

Psalm 46 Colossians 1:9-20, 24-29 The reading from Paul’s Letter to the Colossians seems like an appropriate scripture for my sixty seventh birthday. Paul’s words to the Christians living in today’s Turkey combine spirituality, theology and practical guidance. God is everywhere, and Paul gives us a vision of a Christ-filled universe.   Christ is the guiding […]

The Moral Arc of the Universe

Isaiah 65:17-25 On Sunday, March 21st, 1965, nearly 8,000 people gathered in Selma, Alabama and began a march to Montgomery. Leading the march was a young Baptist preacher, Martin Luther King Jr.  They were marching for justice, equality, and the American dream.  They couldn’t wait any longer for the right to vote.  They had tried […]

On Asking the Wrong Questions

Luke 20:27-38 Whenever he is asked a controversial question, a colleague of mine responds with, “how much time do you have?” He believes, as I do, that the most important ethical and theological questions in life – abortion, physician-assisted death, the divinity of Jesus, the future of our planet, the problem of evil – cannot […]