The True Meaning of Valentine’s Day

Originally posted on Spacious Faith:
The treats Grace and I made for her party: pink pretzels. I began the celebration of Valentine’s Day yesterday by preaching on adultery and divorce. (Gotta love the Lectionary!) In about an hour I will continue the celebration by hanging out with a classroom full of first-graders who are ingesting…

Getting Back in the Boat: Reflections on Luke 5:1-11

Imagine a graduate student working late into the night at her computer in a coffee shop. She’s thinking and staring at the blank screen, starting and stopping.  She finishes a paragraph, gets herself a cup of coffee, and sits back down at the screen with mug in hand. Her eyes flash over the paragraph she…

Prayer based on 1 Corinthians 13

Holy God, You call us “beloved” And you love us with a fierceness that is at once unsettling and comforting. May your Divine love dwell within us and be enacted through us so that No matter what language we speak Love will dance within each word we say; When you call us to stand up…

Call to Worship: from Psalm 71

In God we take refuge. God hears us and saves us. God is our rock and our fortress. God is our hope. And so we come, seeking God’s peace. We come, offering God praise. We gather together in worship. The intent is that the worship leader reads the plain text, the congregation reads the bold,…

Thoughts on Jeremiah 1:4-10

When we meet Jeremiah he is young—scholars think probably about 19. He is from a priestly family and, as far as we know, was living a fairly comfortable life. Then God shows up and says to Jeremiah: “You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be…

A Reflection on Hope

In February of 2013, when my dad went into the hospital, I was overwhelmed by the intense, unbearable hope that my dad be made well. At first, this was hope for a diagnosis. I thought that if we could just name his disease, they could make Dad better. I was wrong. When I got what…