Today kinda sucks. To tell you the truth, I've been struggling this week with Covid fatigue, some of my own stuff, the way this country is behaving, and a host of other things. It's tempting when we're struggling to reach out for some simple platitudes about how everything will get better or that God keeps … Continue reading Today’s a struggle.
Dear Christian Friends, Today I saw two of the most shocking reports that I have ever seen in my life. That's not exaggeration or hyperbole. These headlines shocked me so much that I am begging you to listen and to act. This morning, like most mornings, I was listening to NPR's Up First podcast (listen … Continue reading Dear Christian Friends…
If you have somehow failed to notice, this year is an election year in the United States. In the US we will elect the president and vice president (and the president will appoint A LOT of people), senators and representatives, both federal and state/commonwealth, mayors, city and county councilors, and everything else down to dog … Continue reading Some thoughts on Religion and Politics.
One of the things I have thought about most during the last decade or so of life in the United States of America is just how sure so many people are about everything. I think it is easy to blame social media and the echo chambers with which people surround themselves for this, but this … Continue reading What hill are you willing to die on?
As Heschel says to his Jewish kindred "The life of the person who joins the covenant of Abraham continues the life of Abraham," so we Christians must start to look at our lives. We, when we are baptized into the fellowship of Christ and anointed by God's Spirit, we continue the life of Jesus in this world.
Brief post today! No reflection or hard questions; just a few brief announcements about our schedule for the student group this semester. The St. A's student group will meet on Thursdays at 7:00 PM on GoogleMeet (its like Zoom but its run by Google and is free) for Bible study and prayer. This semester we … Continue reading Opening the Chapel
Every year on the feast of the Transfiguration, I feel torn in two. The Transfiguration is one of my favorite holidays in the Church year. When Jesus takes Peter, James, and John up the mountain and right before their eyes is transfigured into the shining figure of the Resurrected and Victorious One, with Moses and … Continue reading Transfiguration 2020
Reading: Exodus 19.10-20.21 Reflection: In Jewish tradition, the fiftieth day after Passover, that is Pentecost (called Shavuot in Hebrew), is the day when the law was given from the mouth of God to the hand of Moses on Mount Sinai. Since the decisive revelation of God to Jews is the Torah, God's teaching at Sinai, … Continue reading Thy Kingdom Come, May 31, 2020
Reading: Deuteronomy 16:9-12 Reflection: Tomorrow is the Day of Pentecost, which in Greek means fiftieth day. But what does that mean? In the reading above, the Israelites are commanded to count fifty days from Passover and then hold a festival. I love the way it's written: "Rejoice before the Lord your God—you and your sons and … Continue reading Thy Kingdom Come, May 30, 2020
Reading: Mark 1.1-8 Reflection: I was struck by the words, "The beginning of the good news..." Every Gospel in the canon, like everything, has a beginning and an end but it occurred to me that even though the book of the gospel has an end the good news does not. The good news (Greek evangelion … Continue reading Thy Kingdom Come, May 29, 2020