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 […]

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 […]

Empty Lambing Pen--Empty Tomb

           Saint Matthew’s account of the Empty Tomb contains this angelic message: “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples, […]

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. […]

Twilight with Mirk

 

Mirk and I laid down in the blessed, cool shade. The realization set in with me that he is indeed nearing the end of his sojourn with us; and because of that, I wept.

Our time together started almost ten years ago when I came to Halterburn in the Scottish Borders to buy Mirk from Bill […]

Easter Dawn and the Pastor Was Tapping Her Feet

An Easter dawn sermon strikes a nerve and has the pastor tapping her feet. What God is doing is way more than we can […]