Don’t Look Up. . .Look Out

I once heard the difference between a historian and a Christian is that the historian looks for Jesus of Nazareth the man who lived and died nearly two millennia ago, and Christian looks for the Christ who continues to live among us. This is why the resurrection accounts of the Gospels and the account of…

De we Believe or Not Believe 

 The theme of our Easter journey together has been about challenge. On Palm Sunday we were challenged to acknowledge the darkness within as we became the crowd and shouted to crucify Jesus. On Maundy Thursday, we were challenged, along with Peter, to allow Christ to wash our feet in order to allow Christ to love…

From Mountain Top to The Valley Below.

As most of you are aware, Maureen, the girls and I spent last weekend in Jamaica to attend our nephew Sam’s wedding. Now I know many of you are thinking, “what a rough life, a destination wedding in the middle of February.” To some degree, you have a right to think that. But before you…

God is Still Speaking

Paul Tillich once wrote, “Prayer begins when words stop.” It is a brief commentary on what is so often amiss in modern prayer life. Too often we perceive God as our cosmic Santa Claus to whom we ask that all our concerns and fears be taken away. We forget that prayer is meant to be…

We Are the New Earth!

 A few months back I introduced what Ellen Davis refers to as the religious imagination. It is that part of our spiritual life that allows us to imagine that life on this earth can be so much better than it is. Professor Davis argues, one of the greatest challenges facing Christianity today is our failure…

Oh, We Like Sheep

In the interest of full disclosure, the only first-hand knowledge I have of sheep and shepherding comes from the three days I spent on a sheep farm in England. Beyond the fact sheep are able to jump over those stonewalls so many New Englanders find attractive, I didn’t learn much else. So in all honesty,…

Go to Galilee

There are two dirty words in the Episcopal vocabulary. The first is tithing. Although the church highly recommends everyone to strive to tithe, it is not a topic we wish to hear about or talk about, especially those of us who grew up in proper New England, where we learned that it was in bad…

Where’s Jesus?

Like the popular “Where’s Waldo” books of the past decade, the earliest followers of Jesus awoke Easter morning asking, “where’s Jesus?” He wasn’t where he was supposed to be, certainly not in the tomb where they expected to find him. The burial cloths were there but the rock used to seal the tomb had been…

The Life we Wait For

This past Summer as Maureen and I prepared our move to Rhode Island, our younger daughter Kayleigh was coming to the end of her own time of transition. Kayleigh is our anxious child. Needless to say, she does not accept change well. Last winter she struggled through her senior year of college as she worked…

Abide? In Christ’s Love.

There are four periods within our three year lectionary cycle that I find difficult to preach each week.  This is three of them. Every year, for the last three Sunday’s of the Easter Season, our Gospel focuses on Christ’s final words or discourse to the disciples.  While the final discourse is quite lengthy, the topic…

Be the Love of Christ

On the Monday after Easter, I had the privilege of presiding at Harriet Provost’s funeral.  When her daughter Cherie and I met to plan the service, we knew it would be small, because at 92 we knew there were not a lot of friends left to grieve her passing. Cherie also knew no one in…

Christ the Good Shepherd

Last Sunday, as I sat in the Fort Lauderdale airport, I overheard a father ask his teen age children how many days Moses was on Mt. Sinai receiving the Law from God.  The answer he gave was forty days.  What I became more interested in was the conversation which followed.  The younger daughter soon asked…