My World for a Kleenex

I walked out the door, into the parking lot and to my car. The class was over. Had I taught anything at all? Did the threat of a test open any minds to Buddha, no-self, compassion?

          A push on the button unlocks the door and I step onto the torn and dusty floor mat. My […]

Love, Not Loopholes: Reflections on Mark 10:2-16

W. C. Fields wasn’t the only one who to read the Bible “looking for loopholes.” The Pharisees were noted experts in God’s law codes, and yet they wanted to know Jesus’ opinion: “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife.”

I’m certain they went on, as many rabbis did, to wonder if, when […]

Who Told You That You Were Naked?

This Sunday’s first reading is the familiar story of Adam and Eve and the “first sin” in Genesis 3.

The central verse is when God asks Adam, who, with Eve, is hiding from God,  where he is. Adam explains that he is fearful and hiding from God because he is naked. Then comes that profound […]

Knowing and Not Knowing: The Holy Trinity

Tomorrow is Holy Trinity Sunday.

I believe the best thing about the doctrine of the Trinity is its nod to unknowing. The early church beat back several attempts to make the knowledge of God manageable. Gnostics wanted to  have a spiritual god who was above the blood and sweat and nagging ambiguities of the material world. […]

Picking Winners and Losers

 

                The slogan de jour in the defense of right wing ideology is “it’s wrong for government to pick winners and losers.” This has been employed to decry affirmative action in hiring or scholarships and government investment in green energy, for instance.

                But does it mean anything?

                We can assume that it means that […]

Do Our Pets Go To Heaven?

At our first annual Blessing of the Animals service we shared stories. After Sharon told of the way her dog had (perhaps) saved her life when she was worn down with caring for her dying father and she began to despair that life had any good purpose. Night after night the dog would sense her […]

First Blessing of the Animals Goes Well

On the afternoon of September 25 Heatherhope Farm hosted its first Blessing of the Animals—an event we hope to host annually.

We purposely did not advertise this event too widely so that we could keep the numbers small and feel our way into the best possible way of doing things. A dozen people showed up, bringing […]

Egypt and the Demons of Oppression

As Egyptians cry for liberation the Bible tells us that God is on the side of the […]

Gathering, Scattering and Being Church

While teachers and dogmaticians sometimes twist the meaning of the Bible, it does reflect a God who gathers. The church should follow the Lord in […]