Today being this last Sunday of Lectionary year A,
it’s our last chance to keep company with
Matthew and his Gospel of Jesus Christ.
So, invoking the language of indictment,
let me at first issue this confession of guilt
I’ve said this before on the Sunday that falls closest to Remembrance Day; that I feel ill equipped to speak, because I am part of the “privileged” generation for whom “War” has been long ago, or far away.
By now you know the reading is from the
most tricky book in the Bible: Revelation.
It all boils down to this…. Love
I don’t quite know what’s happening to my sermon prep these days.
You HAVE to go with us
…the demand Moses makes of God “You have to go with us!”-
is one that is “for our times”,
and I wholeheartedly agreed.
A Conversation about Gratitude
This gospel healing story is one many of us learned as children,
when we accepted the miracle as a ‘Jesus-y’ normal thing to do, but we were likely subjected to a bit of Sunday school teacher moral finger wagging…
A Vineyard and the Little Red Hen.
The only safe place to be in the telling of that story was at Jesus feet among the crowd watching a “seer,” a prophet, at work,calling out the hypocrisy
The Real Question isn’t about Water (or toilet paper!)
For all parents–and kids–
who have done the long road trip, this story is for you!
You remember how it goes
(or went in the days before pandemic),
It’s Just, Not Fair.
“It’s just not fair!” What parent has not heard that cry of outrage? When the older sibling is expected to share her precious stuff with that kid brother who wrecks everything!
The Sacred Arithmetic of Forgiveness
Do you have a list of things
you wish Jesus hadn’t said?
I know I do. And this is one of them.
What a family!!
“Way, way back, many centuries ago, not long after the Bible began, Jacob lived in the land of Canaan,a fine example of a family man.
Jacob! Jacob and sons!….”
Put a Ring on It!
It’s powerful testimony,
and, as Lisa said, it emerged when we noticed the Beyoncé moment in the text…
the bit about liking it and putting a ring on it.
Living Our Logo…Online
…it’s not God’s first rodeo.
And nor is it the first time that
the people of God have been
commissioned to live the God Dream outside the walls, outside the lines,in the midst of our own and the world’s nightmares.
Making a Way out of No Way
As I said to my husband Norman over breakfast yesterday,this is not, cannot possibly be, “the sermon on race”beginning, middle, and tied up with a bow ending.
A Divine Comedy
We take an 18 chapter leap this week, in our summer series exploring the new beginnings in the book of Genesis.
After the Ending: Before the Beginning.
Rachel Held Evans was a treasure.
A Georgia girl raised in the Bible belt, whose faith outgrew its childhood shell. Instead of abandoning God and faith…
A Pandemic Pentecost
Behind locked doors.
Afraid of what might happen next.. Mulling over the risk in the immediate vicinity,fearful of the news and threat in the wider community, the city, beyond.
Resurrection and the Life of the Earth: Sabbath!
The biblical library is full of other,more obvious passages about the Sabbath than the ones we’ve chosen for today.
Touching Earth Lightly
“ If God loves the world, then how might any person of faith
be excused for not loving it or be justified in destroying it?”
Time and again in Scripture
we are reminded that we are not God’s only creatures nor are we the only ones considered to be wise.
Creation’s Groans: Holy & Human Response
“All creation groans,
in eager longing for the Children of God to come into their own,
to come to their senses,
Resurrection and the Earth: Is it Certain or Swift?
I grew up on the western edge of the Pennines (a moorland ridge that dissects Northern England.) It’s a part of the world where Spring arrives slowly, and some might also say uncertainly,
Resurrection and the Earth
50th Anniversary of Earth Day
Click here for the link to Facebook Live video
This Slow but Certain Resurrection
How very different this all is!?
We are not used to telling this story sitting in ashes, are we?
“We” being those of us well-healed, normally safe, first-world inhabitants, who enjoy Easter as a show-off Sunday when we pull out all the stops…
Click here for the link to our Facebook Live celebration of Easter Click here for more details of our Easter Sunday worship
Click here to link to our Facebook Live Good Friday Tenebrae Worship
Here is the link to our on line worship this morning – Palm to Passion – click here Check out our Family Worship – A Walk Through Holy Week as well