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…

It is Finished! But not over.

“My God, My God, why have you forsaken me and seem so far from my cry.” We all know these words. We have all said these words in some form or another at some point in our lives. These are the words of the ages, the psalmist, of Christ and each of us. These are…

To Forgive is Human, To Redeem is Divine

Happy are they whose transgressions are forgiven, and sins are put away. For several years, I had a manager that was, for all intense and purposes, the definition of the manager from hell. He was one of these people that you never knew what to expect one day to the next. There were those days…

The Price of Inclusion

How many of us feel as if their heads are spinning after news broke that the Episcopal Church has been sanctioned by the Anglican Communion for moving forward on same-gender marriage. I suspect what really has our heads spinning is that most of us had no idea the primate’s meeting taking place in Canterbury. Now…

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…

To See, Or Not to See

Ten years ago, I had the opportunity to bring a group of high school students on a mission trip to Toronto. As part of our experience, we went on an evening tour called The Unseen Toronto. For two hours, we walked the heart of the city as our guide pointed out the “invisible world” within…

Service for All

Three years ago, I had the honor of baptizing a boy named Brennan. At the time, Brennan was six years old. Like most typical six year old boys, Brennan preferred recess and lunch over academics. He gave his mother a hard time when it came to eating vegetables, and he loved Taylor Swift. Actually, when…

Our Ways Do Not Equal God’s Ways!

In the fifty-fifth chapter of the Book of Isaiah, God proclaims to the community of Israel, “ My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Is. 55:8-9)  Since…

Read, Mark and Inwardly Ingest the Flesh of Christ.

This morning we come to the end of the Bread of Life discourses that began three weeks ago with the feeding of the five thousand. Up until now, Jesus’ words have been reasonable as we are easily able to understand his use of symbolic language. This morning’s Gospel reading, however, is much harder to take…

Poor King Herod

Poor King Herod the Second. He was having a bad day. To be honest, I suspect Herod had a lot of bad days. After all, it wasn’t easy being the ruler of Palestine, you are always caught in the middle between the demands of Rome and the Jews who were treated no better than pawns…

They Got Mad At Jesus!

I am absolutely fascinated with this morning’s Gospel. Every time I read it, I just kept asking, “What did Jesus say that got the crowd so offended that Jesus could not perform miracles?” In another account of Jesus preaching, the people literally ran him out of the Synagogue, all because he had proclaimed Isaiah’s prophecy…

All Lives Matter!

In recent months, I have seen a preponderance of memes on Facebook stating different lives matter. It began soon after the events in Ferguson, Missouri when memes began to reflect the long held feelings of the African American population of not being seen as insignificant. The memes simply stated what racism has denied them, Black…