Plenty of Green Grass

Miracle stories are problematic. Until the middle ages, miracle stories were considered proof of God working in and through a particular person. Renaissance scholars sought explanations that aligned the text with scientific explanations of the laws of nature. Today miracle stories for many people have become barriers to faith. In this week's Gospel lesson Jesus feeds… Continue reading Plenty of Green Grass

Show Us the Spirit

Wear something red for Pentecost, the birthday of the Church. The day when the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples as flames. Sermon Notes for Pentecost, May 20, 2018 For two thousand years Jesus has been on trial. The Bible even lays out the strongest evidence against him. Pentecost refutes those claims. At the start… Continue reading Show Us the Spirit

Communion as Love

Who is your BFF? The discipline of texting, cramming one's thoughts into 140 characters or less, has added some interesting abbreviations to our vocabulary. BFF (best friends forever) might be a useful translation of the word Greek word φίλους. The usual translation of φίλους as 'friend' neglects that this word has its root in a verb… Continue reading Communion as Love

Prayers for Good Friday

On Good Friday, the day Christians remember Jesus having been betrayed, arrested, quickly tried and convicted, then crucified and buried. On the Friday between Palm Sunday and Easter our sanctuary will be open from noon until 3 pm for anyone interested in quiet meditation and prayers. Should you be unable to come here, we offer the following… Continue reading Prayers for Good Friday

Called to Live

Apart from trust in God, the world is a cemetery. Calling Lazarus from the tomb disturbed many people. John reports Jesus snorted in spirit and was deeply agitated: perhaps because Mary, like Martha, had regretted that he had not arrived soon enough to prevent Lazarus from dying, or perhaps because Lazarus was his friend and he regretted… Continue reading Called to Live

Seeing Jesus

Meeting a blind man in the New York Port Authority Terminal building formed my understanding of people with disabilities. Hundreds of people rush through this building every minute, especially during the early evening hours. As I recall that building: subways trains would continually drop off and pickup passengers on at least two levels below the… Continue reading Seeing Jesus

The First Evangelist

Are you seeking that big faucet in the sky? Are you living the rat race, at least occasionally wondering which rats are winning or if its worth even running? Are you wondering how your contributions fit into the Kingdom of God? Are making an eternal difference, helping to usher in Jesus' promised future on earth as… Continue reading The First Evangelist

Transformations

When I walked out through the gates, my work stayed behind me. This was one of the great advantages of working on classified programs. The requirements of the workplace demanded that I compartmentalize my life. Work had to remain locked up inside the safe inside my office. Conversely during my time at work, my employer… Continue reading Transformations

Serve the Good Wine

Should the changing of water into wine be called Mary's miracle? When the Mother of Jesus (John never refers to her as Mary) tells Jesus that their host has run out of wine, he objects saying: “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” But she ignores his objection,… Continue reading Serve the Good Wine