We are never stronger than when we’re depending on God!   Early one morning, a mother went in to wake up her daughter. “Wake up, sweetheart. It’s time to go to school!” “But why, Mom? I don’t want to go.” “Give me two reasons why you don’t want to go.” “Well, the kids hate me […]

How many of you like jigsaw puzzles? How many of you hate jigsaw puzzles? In my experience, every family has those who love them and those who are happy that others love them.  Some of you know that a common strategy is to try to put together the frame of the puzzle first.  One side […]

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike.  (John Muir) The Hour of Land – audio version As a young pastor in Fresno, I became steeped in the words and life of John Muir (little did I […]

There may be a cross ahead of us, if we would confront the powers of Empire. But we have companions on the journey who remember us as we remember them. Audio version of sermon   Earlier this summer, when I preached on Judas Iscariot, I shared from John Shelby Spong’s book Liberating the Gospels – […]

Today’s text was from the book of Daniel, Chapter 3. This is a popular bible story, especially in Children’s Bibles. It is a strong story of God’s faithfulness. It features hyperbole, drama, narcissism, resistance and of course, a fiery furnace. Three young men, with hard to pronounce but memorable names (Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego) only […]

Audio version of the sermon As you know… Stormy Clinton was the first porn star ever to run for president.   She might’ve won had she not used her private server to send racy emails to James Comey —and had her daughter Chelsea, wife of Paul Manafort, not colluded with the Russians. Oh, wait, did I get […]

audio version of sermon Good morning, church! Grace and peace to you from your ecumenical siblings. I bring you greetings from the nineteen member denominations of the Wisconsin Council of Churches. The Council’s members include two thousand congregations in Wisconsin – nearly one million Christians – and a variety of organizations which support our mission […]

I appreciate Jospeh of Arimathea  because I think he’s maybe more like a lot of us. Looking for the right direction, looking for the faithful thing to do, but aware that clarity and heroic opportunity are rarely obvious. Our choices for action are rarely so simple.     As we journey through the summer, this […]

Today’s text is what could be called a ‘watershed moment’ in the life of the Israelites. It is not a long story, but it is a story that has a clear before and after truth within it. It is a pivotal moment in this story, but it is only one of so many such watershed […]

We continue our journey through the “Faces of Faith” today with a look at a small character in the birth narrative in Luke’s gospel – Anna the Prophetess. It’s kind of funny to be exploring a Christmas character in the middle of summer. (Unless, of course, we have lived in Australia where Christmas is always […]