Shadow and Substance

         

            The apostle, Paul, writes to many congregations whose main problem is not the lack of religion, but too much of the wrong kind. The church at Colossae is one of them.

            In the lesson for the 10th Sunday after Pentecost, Colossians 2:6-19, Paul urges the people who have “received Christ Jesus the Lord” to “live…rooted […]

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. […]

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 […]

One-of-a-Kind Spot

Training young Spot to be a sheepdog reminds me of the need to see all dogs–and all people–as […]

A Long Time Coming: Thoughts on Retirement as a Pastor

A pastor retires from the ministry and discovers both God’s New Creation and that his calling truly was to parish […]

No Short-Cut To Freedom

Discussions of controversial issues in the church cannot draw people together in compromise or concensus without the long-term development of true faith that alone can give people the freedom to live for […]

Here I Am

While we busy ourselves with religion, God is in the midst of life saying, “Hey! Here I […]

Is Religion Reasonable?

Relilgion can be good or bad. But reason can be […]