A Work In Progress

The Season of Advent is a time when all Christians have the privilege to delve into their religious imagination and actively wonder what does the Reign of God look like? While such daydreaming might be difficult, being surrounded by the season of hope and expectation makes it a little easier to imagine a world where…

The Reign of God is all About Us

This morning the prophet cries, “O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence—“ as the psalmist laments,”  O Lord God of hosts, *how long will you be angered despite the prayers of your people?” This begins our Season of Advent. Israel is in dire straits, still…

Love Is Greater Than We Think

This morning’s Gospel takes place soon after Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The Sadducees and the Pharisees question Jesus one last time with the Pharisees again attempting to trip him up. As the great lawyers of their day, the Pharisees try to stump Jesus with a question on the Law. “Which law,” they ask, “is…

All Things Come From You O Lord

I have heard it said there are two things in life that we cannot avoid, death and taxes. Based on this morning’s Gospel this has been true at least since Roman times.  In this morning’s reading, we find Jesus being vetted by the Jewish authorities. Anxious to find a reason to condemn him, the Pharisees…

More Valuable than Gold

There are two types of people, those who see the glass as half empty and those who see the glass as half full. St. Paul was one who saw the glass half full. In this morning’s reading from his letter to the Philippians, St. Paul extorts his reader to “Rejoice in the Lord always.” Powerful…

With God as our Center

In the Parable of the Vineyard, Jesus confronts the Pharisees. With the Temple and the children of Israel as the Vineyard, they had been given one task which was to lead the people in producing the fruits of God, compassion, justice, and righteousness. Instead, out of their fear, they forgot who they were called do…

Thy Will be Done.

  “Thy will be done.” These words are probably as familiar to us as our own names. For most of us, we began reciting these four simple words almost as soon as we learned to talk. The problem with familiarity however, is that over time, as the words roll off our tongues by rote, we…

They will know we are Christian by our Love.

During the sixties and seventies, you could be assured, at any of the “new” contemporary guitar masses, you would eventually be singing, “They will know we are Christians by our love, by our love, yes they’ll know we are Christians by our love by our love.” According to this morning’s reading from Romans, if St….

It’s Friday!

Tony Compolo, an ordained Baptist Minister and professor of Sociology, has often shared his story when, as a newly ordained minister, he preached along side a well-seasoned African-American preacher.   In his telling of the story, the energy in the packed church grew to a fevered pitch after several rounds of Gospel singing. When the…

Through Christ We Are Redeemed

It has been three weeks, and all we have heard from St. Paul’s letter to the Roman’s is what feels like an obsession with sin. To be honest, I am not sure an assessment of St, Paul being obsessed with sin would be too far off the mark. Now in a second chapter of this…

We can’t make it alone

We are all familiar with the story of the woman about to be stoned. When Jesus came upon the scene, he stopped the process then commanded only one who had never sinned could throw the first stone. As the story goes, it did not take long for the crowd to leave as no one but…

If He Can Do It, So Can We

In Madeline L’engles book, Penguins and Golden Calfs, Icons and Idols In Antarctica and other Spiritual Places, Ms. L’engle defines an icon as that through which we see God and an idol as that which blocks our view of God. As I have prepared for this morning’s celebration of our patronal saint, I have found…