• “Connected through Grief”– John 18: 33-38a– Nov. 22, 2015

    At the end of a week of such violence and heartbreak–not only bombings and shootings in Paris and the ongoing search for accomplices in Belgium and beyond, but also hostage-taking in Bamako, Mali, ongoing violence in Iraq and Lebanon, in Afghanistan and Nigeria, in cities …

  • “When Enough Isn’t Enough”– 1 Samuel 1:4-20, Mark 13:1-8 –Nov. 15, 2015

    Yesterday morning I re-read the sermon I had written on Friday and decided it wasn’t enough. It was perfectly adequate, but it wasn’t enough for the world we were reminded we live in after the attacks in Paris Friday night. Of course, it’s the same …

  • “You want me to give what?!”- I Kings 17:8-16, Mark 12:38-44– Nov. 8, 2015

    Two widows, both possibly in their last days, both at the end of their resources certainly. The word “widow” in Hebrew means “silenced one,” “one who has no voice” [Seasons of the Spirit, 11/8/15] –and neither of these women, like so many other women in …

  • “Saints in the Making”- Ruth 1:1-18, Mark 12:28-34– Nov. 1, 2015

    “Saints in the Making”- Ruth 1:1-18, Mark 12:28-34– Nov. 1, 2015 All Saints’ Day–the “hallow” part of “Halloween.” The same as the word used in the King James version of the Lord’s Prayer–”hallowed be Thy name,” [not Harold, as some may presume]. “Holy be Your …

  • “This cup?!” Isaiah 53:4-12, Mark 10:35-45 10/18/15

    “This cup?!” Isaiah 53:4-12, Mark 10:35-45 10/18/15


    It was my kids who first introduced me to the game of “shotgun” when one or the other would shout out “shotgun!” as we headed to the car. Michael Scott, a character on the TV show, “The Office” explains the rules: “The rules of ‘shotgun’ are very simple. The first person to call shotgun when in sight of the vehicle gets to sit in the front seat.” No shotguns were ever held by the person sitting in the passenger seat in my car, but the term comes from stagecoach days when the person sitting next to the driver did carry a shotgun to ward off bandits or animals.

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