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…

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…

Stand Up For Jesus

In the second act of the musical Chicago, Amos Hart sings “Mr. Cellophane Man.” as he laments his being invisible to the world. According to his song, being the poor, undereducated, and the neglected husband of Roxie Hart made him a nonperson in the eyes of the Chicago Tribune and Billy Flynn his wife’s lawyer….

The Only Thing You Just Cannot Earn!

Several years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting a young man named Andrew. At the time of our meeting Andrew was just beginning his freshman year in high school. Like everyone who has ever met Andrew, I was immediately struck by his outgoing nature, his warm smile, his accepting nature and the joy he…

With God There Is No Partiality

How many of us romanticize the early years of the church? Somehow believing that everyone who belonged was of one mind and the only conflict the church had to endure was from without and not from within. I know the way the lectionary works, it can certainly seems that way. But truth be told, as…

Prepare the Way

For twelve years I traveled the 170 mile stretch of the New York Throughway between Syracuse and Lee, Massachusetts at least fifty times. And it seems, every time I traveled this stretch of highway some part was under construction. More often than not, there were two or three sections of construction. All of this construction…

We Are All God’s Children

In the midst of the third and final presidential debate on October 19th Donald Trump captured the tenor of this whole election season when he responded to Secretary Clinton with “ I’m not the puppet, you are!” The exchange summed up how juvenile and petty the campaign has become on both sides. It also demonstrated…

God knows Us Better Than We Think

Growing up, my best friend was Scott Thompson. I’m not sure how or when we met, but I do remember he lived around the block from our house in Irving, Texas. For at least three years, Scott and I were best buddies. We were together most days after school. During the summer, I spent many…

A Neighbor is a Neighbor, NO Matter Who

The Parable of The Good Samaritan is one of the first Bible stories we learn as children. The message is simple, Jesus commands to us to both love our neighbor and to have compassion for him as well. To maintain this parable at this level, does it an injustice. The story is filled with innuendo…

Respect and Transform

This week My mother and I took our bi-monthly journey to the Uconn Medical Centenr with to meet with her geriatrician. Although the trip is less than ninety miles each way, it may as well be a lot further as each trip pulls me away from this place of detachment and denial back into the…

The More Things Change

I have often heard it said, ” the more things change the more things stay the same.” This is akin to a basic law of the Episcopal Church, “if we’ve always done it that way, why change now.” Both attest to the fact that the basic function of any group, whether a church or a…