Trinity Sunday: Put Things (Back) in Order

Things Fall Apart is the title of the powerful 1958 book by the late Nigerian author Chinua Achebe. It tells of the tragic life of a young man, trying to find respect for himself and his family by overcoming what he considers the failed and ignominious legacy of his father. It also tells of the arrival […]

Pentecost, the Spirit, and the Murder of George Floyd

This coming Sunday is Pentecost. One possible First Reading is Numbers 11.24-30 which relates the one-time, special, but official outpouring of the Spirit of God on a select group of elders of the Hebrew people. Two men, Eldad and Medad, were supposed to gather with the special group of elders, but somehow didn’t make it. […]

Ascension Sunday: Ants in our pants over reopening?

Ascension Sunday First Reading: Acts 1.1-11.

Gospel: Luke 24.44-53

 

I vividly remember my parents teasing me about my youthful impatience. They would ask, “Do you have ants in your pants?”

 

It’s been a couple of months now for our stay-at-home orders. People are demonstrating on street corners and at state houses. Shop and restaurant owners are chomping at […]

Easter 6A: What if God did send the virus?

The Psalm for Easter 6 A is Psalm 66. It includes this:

10For you, O God, have tested us;

you have tried us as silver is tried.

11You brought us into the net;

you laid burdens on our backs;

12you let people ride over our heads;

we went through fire and through water;

yet you have […]

Easter 5 A: Are You In or Out?

This Sunday’s second reading is 1 Peter 2.1-10

Do you think of yourself as “in,” or “out?”

I have always been extremely prone to resent arrogance. I remember being roundly turned off by the popular song of my younger days, “I’m In with the In-crowd.” Written by Billy Page, and first made popular by Dobie Gray’s rendition […]

Good Shepherd Sunday

The Fourth Sunday of Easter is, famously, Good Shepherd Sunday. The Gospel reading for this Sunday is John 10.1-10.

 

I was asked to provide a video from our sheep farm that would give a little insight as to what Jesus was thinking and saying when he spoke of himself as the Good Shepherd and as the […]

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 […]

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 […]