Emmaus: The Way of Faith

My wife and I have done herding dog demonstrations with our Border Collies for many years. On those occasions countless people have come up to us, told us that they had some sort of a dog who might have herding instincts, and they would love to learn how to train and handle them. My consistent […]

Psalm 16: “The Lord is Everything to Me”

Psalm 16 is the prayer that Christians have said in the wake of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is also a perfect prayer for pandemic times.

 

This prayer is a meditation taking us deeper and deeper into the fullness of faith. The Christian’s faith should be absolute. It is saying, “You, O Lord, are my […]

What a Difference a Day Makes

They say about our part of the country, “If you don’t like the weather, wait 15 minutes.”

Well, from yesterday to today there has been a bit of a shift.

Here are the sheep grazing in our north pasture in lovely glow of the sun just yesterday.

Sheep safely graze in the golden mid-April sun. Photo by […]

Easter: To Rise With the Occasion

The Gospel Reading for Easter Day is John 20.1-18

The reading for this day, obviously, is about the empty tomb and the resurrected Lord speaking to Mary Magdalene and enabling her faith to develop.

 

I feel compelled by circumstances to focus on one particular verse in this beautiful story. Verse 9 tells us something powerful about the moment […]

Easter Vigil: You Have Only to Keep Still

For a true Easter Vigil service a great many Bible passages are suggested and appointed to lead us up to the glorious drama of the Resurrection.

 

Besides the Resurrection proclamation, the one required and appointed text is Exodus 14:10-31, about the miraculous redemption of the Hebrew people from bondage in Egypt.

 

Out of that reading, the verses […]

Good Friday: We Are On Trial

John’s Gospel is so different from all the others, because Jesus the spotlight is on his eternal divinity in all its power.

 

One dominant theme throughout the Passion according to John is that when Jesus is brought up on charges before the High Priest, before Pilate, and even before the crowds, it turns out that not […]

Maundy Thursday: Don’t Keep Safe. Keep Loving!

These epidemic days everyone tells us, “Keep safe.” But our real job is to keep loving, and loving often isn’t safe.

 

Maundy Thursday gets its name from the Latin, mandatum, which means “commandment.” Jesus’ new commandment to us, which encompasses and expands all valid laws known to humankind, is “Love as I loved you.”

 

The Fourth Gospel […]

Holy Week’s Climax: The Three Days

What meaning is there in this time piled high with difficulty?

To the extent that we listen to the earth we might hear a sigh turning into a deep breath. Forced into staying in our homes we have given creation a moment’s reprieve from the ways we have been burning up resources, destroying rain forests, and […]